Read Ephesians 2:1-10.
“Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved” (vv. 4-5).
Tech didn’t beg for mercy, but the Dogs gave it anyhow in 1975.
When Tech and Georgia met on national television on Thanksgiving night, most folks expected a close game. The Dogs came in 8-2 while Tech was 7-3. Then Erk Russell’s Junkyard Dogs made a play on the first play from scrimmage and the rout was on.
Bobby Thompson intercepted a pass and returned it to the Tech 12. Quarterback Ray Goff scored from the two, and after only 2:11, Georgia led 7-0. Tech never recovered. Later in the half, Georgia went 97 yards in two plays. Goff went for 19 yards to the 22, and Glynn Harrison hit a hole behind All-American Randy Johnson and sprinted 78 yards for a touchdown. Only a few minutes later, end Lawrence Craft returned a Tech fumble 20 yards for another touchdown.
If the Jackets were looking for some relief, they didn’t get it — at least not yet. Fullback Al Pollard plowed in from the two after Bill Krug blocked a Jacket punt, and quarterback Matt Robinson hit tight end Richard Appleby for a 32-yard gain. Georgia led 28-0 at the half despite running only twelve plays.
The score went to 42-0 in the third quarter with a Goff-to-Mark Wilson touchdown pass and another Pollard TD run. The 42-0 score marked Georgia’s first-ever 40-point lead over Tech. How bad could it get? 56-0? 63-0? Even 70-0? Being a Christian man, Vince Dooley showed mercy, pulling his starters and letting Tech save some face with a 42-26 final score. One writer tagged him “St. Vincent the Merciful.”
A drunk slams into your car, putting members of your family in the hospital. Your worthless son-in-law walks out on your daughter. Your boss passes you over for a promotion you deserve. Some addict burglarizes your house.
Somebody sometime in your life has hurt you. What’s your attitude toward them? Do you scream for revenge and payback? Or do you extend mercy, showing compassion and kindness all out of proportion to what’s been done to you?
Mercy is the appeal of last resort. When we are guilty, our only hope is mercy. Our only prayer is that the judge will not remorselessly hand down the sentence we deserve.
Of all God’s attributes, none is more astounding than his penchant for mercy. Through Jesus, God provided the way to save us from the sentence we deserve. Through Jesus, God made his divine mercy available to us all. In so doing, though, God expects that we who avail ourselves of his mercy will show mercy toward others. We reap what we sow.
You want mercy? Go to church. — Wrestler ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
To sow mercy in our lifetime now is to reap mercy from God
when we stand guiltily before him.