Football season is officially over. It took me some time to learn the rules, and this year after watching some great NCAA and NFL games, I learned of the chain gang.
A common term used to describe the officials responsible for manning the chains that are used to show the ten yard distance needed to obtain a new set of downs. The chain gang is required to quickly realign the chains whenever the offense gets a first down. The chain gang may also be called upon to come onto the field for a measurement whenever the officials are unsure as to whether a first down has been achieved or not.
You may to get the call from the officials after the chain gang come onto the field, and many times it is a third and inches. The players all think that they made the yardage, but they are short. It reminded me of the word ‘short’ used in a very familiar verse in Scripture.
Paul writes in Romans 3: 23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We often think we’ve made it, but when the chains of God are brought out, we find ourselves short. And not by inches, we are short by a margin that I can’t describe.
Thanks be to Christ, that He takes us through into the end zone. We need not require the chains to come out, we are in Christ. We are on the offense.