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The Comeback

Luke 23:33 – When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

Mark 15:37 – And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.

Mark 16:4-6 – Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.”

Romans 6:4-5 – Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.

     On November 29, 2000 the St. Louis Blues faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which for most of the game looked like a lopsided affair. With 15:10 to play in the 3rd period the Blues trailed 5-0. The Blues looked dead – some fans were probably on the way out trying to beat traffic. But then something happened – a dramatic turn of events that no one saw coming. The Blues came back. They scored five goals, including one with 23 seconds left, to force overtime – then completed the comeback 27 seconds into OT.

     In the year 33 AD, around late March - early April, there was a different type of face off. Good versus evil, God and the devil. This also appeared a lopsided affair to those ‘in the bleachers’, though these views were deceiving. It seemed as if evil were triumphing, indeed even Jesus at His betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane said, “…but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.” - Luke 22:53. The Jews cried out to have Him crucified. Though innocent, He was beaten, mocked, and nailed to a cross (Luke 22:33). Jesus was dead (Mark 15:37). His disciples were left thinking they were defeated (they didn’t yet understand that on that cross Jesus bore their sins for them – and ours for us – the reason we can celebrate Good Friday). Then something happened – a dramatic turn of events no one saw coming. Jesus came back (Mark 16:4-6). He rose from the dead, gaining victory over death, destroying the works of the devil, and providing hope for all who would call on His name for salvation.

     The story of the Blues gives hope to a team that they can comeback in a hockey game – a cool thing, but a very temporary blessing. We all started this life trailing – I’d say trailing 5-0 like the Blues, but Scripture tells us our sin put us much farther behind than that. The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives a lasting hope that we too can come back from being dead – not figuratively, but literally. Think about the impact of that! Jesus’s comeback – His resurrection – paved the way for our comeback – we get a clean slate before God and will rise from the dead to live forever in Heaven with Jesus Christ.

     This Friday is Good Friday, when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus and how He bore our sins on that cross. Sunday is Easter, where we celebrate the dramatic resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death. This is the greatest comeback in history – not because God was so far behind, but because of the history altering, life changing, everlasting impact it has. Jesus wants you to be a part of the comeback – to join Him and everyone who believes He rose from the dead and confesses Him as Lord (Romans 10:9-10). Will you be there?

How will you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

For more reading see Matthew 27-28, 1 Corinthians 15

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