No, this is not a post about Jesus' understanding of his identity. This is a post about the longing in the human heart for the Messiah to bring fulfillment in this life and to come and put the world to rights. This week the Phoenix Suns made a trade to the Miami Heat for Shaquille O'Neal. What the Suns are hoping is that Shaq can bring the NBA title to the Valley of the Sun. In other words, they are discontent with their current circumstances and are longing for that missing piece. Will it be Shaq? In the basketball realm, perhaps. However, if our eyes are open to the "typological" pointers all around us we will look at the Phoenix Suns discontentment and turn that into an increased longing for the Messiah and for Him to come and put the world to rights. When we look at the world with a Christo-centric mindset even seemingly insignificant events and activities, such as sports, can serve as a means of increasing our longing for Jesus, (as well as a springboard for gospel conversations with non-believers) Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus!