At the age of nine, young Jeffery moved from Brooklyn, NY to a small town in NC.
Jeffery would adapt quickly and soon realized he had a love for sports. Jeffery
excelled in three sports: baseball, basketball and football. He was the pitcher,
point guard and quarterback. Although Jeffery loved all sports, baseball was his
favorite. Jeffery had never been cut from a team until his sophomore year in High
School when at 5’9’’ he was deemed too short and underdeveloped to play for the varsity
basketball team. Although heart broken, he pushed himself to get better. Who knew
that this kid was going to grow four inches the following summer and go on to win
six NBA championships and five league MVP’s? Who knew “Too Short” Jeffery would
become Michael “Jeffery” Jordan?
At the age of sixteen Marie seemingly had it all. She was blessed with a wonderful
family, great friends and tons of talent. She was a fantastic athlete winning numerous
awards on numerous teams. She had a great career ahead of her. She was bright,
intelligent and witty. Although she a great job, she volunteered her time with her
youth group and sought to help anyone she could. She possessed a gorgeous smile
and contained a heart to match. She had her whole life ahead of her and she seemed
to somehow know the WAY. On November 18th 2004 she had just left her local McDonalds
with some drinks when she went to turn into her church’s parking lot. Who knew that
would be the last thing Marie would do on this earth? Who knew Marie would turn
into the path of an unexpected truck? Who knew that would be Marie’s last day on
Who knew that since the beginning of time that the Creator of the universe, the creator
of all man kind would choose a “BABY” to reconcile his creation to himself? According
to this “Creator”, he chose a little baby, born to a lowly family from a tiny town,
to “save” the world? Although there are many skeptics, they can’t refute the incredible
validity of facts, eyewitness accounts and fulfilled prophecies. This creator (will
call God), not only “spoke” this baby into existence but revealed the origin, purpose
and the future of this baby for all man kind. He said (by the way you can look this
up in His book called the Bible), that this baby would be and do:
1. Born to a virgin mother.
2. Live a sinless life.
3. Lead by His truth and love.
4. Be persecuted and killed by those He came to save.
5. Die on a cross and in man kinds place (crucified).
6. To conquer death by being raised from his grave three days later.
Who knew that this baby would become the Savior of the world? You see this creator
is so perfect that our sin (doing bad things) separates us from him. The only way
we could have life with Him after death here on earth is that there be a sacrifice.
Because sin is so serious to a perfect God, the sacrifice had to be great. Because
God is such a loving God he gave his only son, that whoever would believe in him
would not die but live forever (in heaven).
Who knew that Jeffery would become Michael Jordan? Who knew that Lauren “Marie”
Parker would be a light for so many people and whose life would be marked by such
a remarkable legacy? Who knew that this little boy named Jesus would be the Savior
of this fallen world?
God knew from day one! God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have
for you, plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future, not to harm you”. He
also knew that you would be reading this today. You are not an accident and it is
not by accident that you are reading this message. Know that you are loved and you
have purpose on this earth. Will you trust God with your life? Who knows, today
might be the day!
By Brian Hoover