Gospel Light Minute – Lamar Jackson (#262)
He is the young, dual threat quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens who has set the National Football League on fire with his electric style of play. He played college football at Louisville where he won the Heisman Trophy for his on-field performance in his sophomore year in 2016, becoming Louisville’s first Heisman Trophy winner in school history and the youngest-ever recipient of the award at the age of 19 years and 337 days. His remarkable statistics for his junior year also resulted in his being a Heisman finalist for the 2017 season. During his college career, he also won several other prestigious awards, including the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award. He was also named the Associated Press Player of the Year and the Sporting News Player of the Year in 2016, was unanimously selected as an All-American as a sophomore in 2016, and was named the men’s ACC Athlete of the Year for all conference sports following the 2017-2018 school year after being twice named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year in both 2016 & 2017.
Despite having some draft pundits voice doubts about his quarterback abilities and suggest that he switch positions due to his athleticism, he remained adamant about his intention to play quarterback professionally. He declined to run drills such as the 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine, in order to focus on displaying his passing skills. He was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Ravens in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He began his rookie season as a backup, but became the team’s starting quarterback following an injury to veteran starter Joe Flacco. During the season, he helped the team clinch the AFC North division title and became the youngest quarterback to start a playoff game. In 2019, he set an NFL record for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback breaking Michael Vick’s QB rushing record. Among dozens of other records, he also set the Ravens franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a season. He also led the league in 2019 with 36 touchdown passes and quarterback rating (81.3). His exploits helped the Ravens clinch the AFC North division title for the second year in a row with a league-best 14-2 record and made him frontrunner for the 2019 NFL MVP honor. Additionally, in 2019, with him at the helm, Baltimore set the NFL single 16-game-season team rushing record with 3,296 yards, breaking a mark that had stood for 41 years.
For all his unique talent and the great success acquired early in his career, including having one of the best seasons ever by a quarterback, when asked recently what keeps him humble, the 22-year-old phenom answered simply, “the Lord.”
“I give Him all the praise, the glory and the honor, because without Him I could have been doing anything,” he said. “I’ll be thinking about it, talking to Him throughout the day like, ‘[I] appreciate You. I thank You.’ Because, when you feel like you’re bigger than the Lord, that’s when all that success dies. It goes away. You have to let Him know He’s the reason you’re having that much success.” He also referenced his teammates, coaches and family, saying, “We’ve just got to keep going and let the Lord know he’s No. 1.”
And in 2016, during his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, he wasted no time in crediting the Lord: “First and foremost, before I go further along in my speech, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without him, none of us would be here right now,” he said.
His name is Lamar Jackson.
This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Lamar Jackson trusts Jesus Christ as his Saviour, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!