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In the world of sports, winning a championship can have a delayed impact on a team’s fan’s, especially when the team was not really expected to win: there is a minimum of hype, and then, suddenly, “What? We won?!” For days, there will be unplanned smiles and texts to other sports fans.
 
I wonder if this is what it was like for the earliest followers of Jesus.

With books, you can cheat: even if you don’t read the last chapter ahead of time, you know where the end is. But in the rest of life, there are many times when we can not know how much longer we have. We hope we can hold on, but in the end, we don’t really know. And this can be unsettling.