IN his interview with the Gospel Coalition about his faith, his football career and Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle Seahawks’ assistant
IN his interview with the Gospel Coalition about his faith, his football career and Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle Seahawks’ assistant coach Rocky Seto asked for one editorial favour.
“Could we emphasise that Jesus is better than anything else this world has to offer and that he is the greatest treasure in the entire universe?“ he said. “Jesus is better than the Super Bowl.”
Seto made the same comment - that Jesus is better than the Super Bowl - in an interview in December 2013. Less than two months later, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
A few days ago, on February 1, the Seahawks narrowly lost to the New England Patriots.
Mike Sylvester, director of Athletes in Action at the University of Southern California, said that even if the Seahawks lost, Seto would continue to preach the same sermon.
“Don’t get me wrong.“ Said Sylvester, ”Rocky is a competitive man. I’ve only seen a handful of other people who’ve worked as hard as Rocky has but if the Seahawks don’t win Rock would say, ’To God be the glory. He’s still on the throne and he’s still the only one who matters’ because Seto knows his back-to-back Super Bowl berths would never have happened without his Christian faith.“ So many people today are looking for satisfaction in things that can never give it, however much they tickle our fancy for a time.
John Newton (1725-1807), who was a godless slave trader who sinned with a high hand and caused many others to sin, found the Lord Jesus to be the one who made sense of life, offered forgiveness and satisfied where all other things had not.
He wrote the great hymn Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken whose last verse concludes with, “solid joys and lasting treasure, none but Zion’s children know”.
God’s invitation to all in Jesus reverberates down the centuries, inviting us to find true satisfaction:
“Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, buy and eat! Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:1-3)