One of the biggest debates in sports right now is who should be named the MVP for the NBA’s regular season. Multiple players are deserving (I tend to think LeBron is the MVP every year), but this year’s award will come down to Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Media members and fans make their own decision based on how they view the candidate’s story and stats. 

Westbrook lost the other half of his dynamic duo when Durant left for the Warriors, but he put the Thunder on his back while becoming only the second player in history to average a triple-double for the whole season. He also broke the record for the number of triple doubles in a season – a record Oscar Robertson held for 55 years.

James Harden’s story is impressive, as well, considering he made the switch to playing point guard under a new coach. He was the league’s leader in assists and finished second in points per game. After a disappointing season last year, he responded by leading the Rockets resurgence to a third-place finish in the Western Conference.

The story of the NBA season has centered around what Westbrook and Harden accomplished, and now the MVP voters must decide what to do with the facts on the table.

As we focus on Easter this weekend, we are reminded that the story of this world is centered around Jesus and what He accomplished while He was on earth. Now, each of us must decide what to do with the facts on the table.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT), “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” 

He also tells us in Romans 3:23-25 (NLT), “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in his sight.

“He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding his blood…”

This remarkable historical story has eternal life-changing implications. How we all respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ determines how we live today and where we spend eternity.

Praise be to God that He made a way for us to be saved through the powerful work of Jesus. We must believe and trust that what He says and what He did is true. And, yes, He’s the real MVP! 

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I believe You sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay the punishment for my sin. I believe the Bible is true and You are a Holy God. I admit that I’m a sinner in need of grace. I believe Your amazing redemptive story is the truth, and I’m thankful to receive the free gift of salvation through faith. It’s in Jesus’ powerful name I pray, Amen.