The Special One

Gareth Davies writes:

To many, Jose Mourinho is the Special One. When he originally joined Chelsea Football Club in 2004 he infamously proclaimed that:

“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one,”

The British press soon latched onto this and christened Mourinho as “the Special One”.

In many ways he is special. The list of honours the teams he managed have won is long:

  • 6 trophies as manager of Porto
  • 8 trophies as manager of Chelsea
  • 5 trophies as manager of Inter Milan
  • 3 trophies as manager of Real Madrid

Not a bad haul!

This season, though, things have gone wrong for the Special One. From winning the league by 8 points last season, Chelsea are now just above the relegation zone in the Premier League. On Thursday, this resulted in Jose Mourinho getting sacked. The Special One had failed.

Actually, the Special One hadn’t failed. Not because Chelsea’s failure this season has nothing to do with Jose Mourinho but rather because Jose Mourinho isn’t the Special One.

There is only one Special One – his name is Jesus. He is truly special and that’s what we remember at this time of year. Jesus, the Special One, God the Son, became man.

It was remarkable. The Bible tells us about a young woman called Mary. She was probably around 15-16 years old at the time she received a visit from an angel. He tells her that even though she’s a virgin, she is pregnant and will soon give birth to a son and she is to call him Jesus. Can you imagine how this young girl would have felt? What on earth was going on?! Quite simply – the Special One was making His way into the world.

Even before He was born, the prophets had signalled how special He would be. Isaiah wrote:

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

It was clear that He was going to be no ordinary man.

His life backed this up. It says that Jesus was able to feed a crowd of over 5000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. It reminds us of the time Jesus just spoke to a huge storm and it went completely calm. It shows us how he walked on water as well as times He make the dead alive again. It says that Jesus never did anything wrong, despite how his enemies tried to catch him out at every opportunity. He is the Special One.

Jesus’s death also showed he was a different to every other man. The sky went dark for three hours, the curtain in the temple tore in two (showing that he was sorting out the problem that divides us from God) and most importantly, the Special One did not stay dead. On that 3rd morning, when the mourners went to tend to His dead body, they found that He wasn’t in the tomb. He had risen from the dead!

Jesus is the Special One because of why He came into this world. One of the writers of the New Testament, a man called Timothy, wrote:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners

That is the most special thing of all. We deserve nothing but God’s wrath and punishment yet the Special One came to save us. His death was in our place, facing God’s wrath instead of us. And now, rather than facing hell and condemnation, we are brought into God’s family & receive forgiveness and eternal life with Him forever. For those of us who are Christians – there is now no condemnation. All because of what the Special One did.

What could be more special than that this Christmas? Forget the turkey, crackers, presents and everything else and instead focus on the Special One who came into this world to save people just like you and me – Jesus Christ.