Read 1 John 5:1-12

"Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God" - 1 John 5:5

From 1955-1957, Tide fans suffered through what has been called "The Dark Years." Alabama won only four games in the three seasons. Thus, on Dec. 3, 1957, Paul "Bear" Bryant was announced as new head football coach at Alabama. From day one Bryant's main emphasis was winning. In a early meeting Bryant was quoted saying, "I'm not worried about whether I'm going to win or lose. I know I'm going to win…The only thing I don't know is how many of you in this room are winners." 

The winning began with the very first season. From 1958-1982, the Tide won six national championships and 13 SEC titles. Alabama had 25 winning seasons and played in 24 consecutive bowls. Life itself is a competition. You are put up against others as a job applicant. Sibling rivalry exists. There is always an opponent to overcome, even if it is a video game, a golf course, or yourself. 

Only adversity will defeat us: Death will claim all of us. But we can all defeat this grave. Victory is possible, but only through faith in Jesus Christ. With Jesus, we have hope beyond death because we have life. With Jesus we all win. For all of eternity.

Death is the ultimate opponent; Jesus is the ultimate victor.


McMinn, E. (2010). Winner's Circle. In Daily Devotions for Die-Hard Fans: Alabama Crimson Tide (1st ed., pp. 60-61). Extra Points Publishers.