The Perfect Bracket

WORDS FROM W.W.                                              March 14, 2014

March Madness is almost to the halfway point. State high school finals in many states are this weekend. College conference tournaments get finalized on Sunday.

And then the fun begins! Brackets for the NCAA tournament get announced late Sunday afternoon…and people will begin to fill in their bracket predictions.

Tough choices have to be made. Do you go with Gonzaga to reach the Sweet Sixteen? Will Mercer have a storybook ending to it’s banner season? Is Wichita State legit?

People have been just as successful in predicting winners in the NCAA by the cuteness of their school mascot as by the team’s RPI rating.

The ESPN Bracket Challenge has not had a single perfect bracket submitted in sixteen years. Thirty million brackets have been submitted in that time.

Perfect = Zero!

This year Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans have teamed up to offer $1,000,000,000 to anyone who submits a perfect bracket. That’s one billion in case I didn’t put enough zeroes in there.

The generous benefactors are pretty confident. The odds of someone turning in a perfect bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.

The odds are you don’t even know what to call that number. I didn’t. But, in case you need to know, it’s “quintillion.”

So confident that no one can be perfect that Quicken will not be rushed in moving money to a special account.

It ain’t happening!

Such a situation gives me a new appreciation for “perfection.” Perfection is a dream…a Disney movie outcome! It is so easy to pronounce, yet impossible to achieve.

This may be the first time that Jesus gets connected to Bracketology. The impossibility of perfection was trumped by Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us “God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus not only did the impossible, he was the impossible. He had no sin…he was perfect!

Caution point! This does not mean that if you seek Jesus guidance in predicting the winner of Coastal Carolina-Creighton game that he is going to impart a fresh revelation to you.

What the perfection of Jesus does mean is that he took your imperfections upon himself…he atoned for your errors…and made you perfect in God’s sight.

Spiritually you have beat the nine plus quintillion odds.

Buffett won’t be sending you a check with a one and nine zeroes, but…after all, you can’t take it with you!

P.S. #1 Sign that God isn’t that interested in the NCAA tournament outcome: Louisville won it last year!

#2 Sign: Michigan was the other team in the championship game. I think God was interested as long as Wichita State was still playing. Thus, the interest of God might have returned. WSU is 34-0!

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