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Turning Point

This week features guest writer Gary Steffes, Pro hockey player in the CHL and staff member with FCA Hockey!

Turning Point

Col. 2:13-14 - And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 - Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9-10, 13 - If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

     The game was 2-1 midway through the second period. Both teams were playing excellent hockey. As the play moved from end to end, there was no one in the building that could escape the emotional roller coaster. The puck was moving fast, guys were yelling and finishing checks, goalies were controlling rebounds, and players were skating at a level of intensity unseen yet that season. Turnover…Quick move to the center slot… A rocket of a shot low glove…SCORE!!! Miami goes up 3-1 with 8 minutes left in regulation. Can you believe it? This underdog team from Oxford, OH is on the verge of making history. This was not just an ordinary game. It was a NCAA Div. 1 National Championship Game! 17,000 people in the arena, ESPN media, NHL broadcasters, the center stage of college hockey. Can you feel the excitement? Two minutes to go. Championship hats are starting to be unpacked behind Miami’s bench. One minute. Miami is getting restless on the bench. Score! Boston University scores with 57 seconds left in regulation. 3-2. Turning point; this game was far from over. Go clock go! 30…25…19…18…BAM! 3-3 and headed to overtime.

     Boston’s 2nd goal was a real turning point. I remember it like it was yesterday. They made a statement with that goal that they were not throwing in the towel and we felt it. We could feel their desperation, and with that second goal they were starting to believe they could win. I am not going to tell you how that game ended, it is irrelevant. What I want to focus on is that turning point. We all have turning points in our lives and in our hockey do we not? We can look back over our lifetime and call out specific events that shaped the trajectory of our life. For some it was a significant family event, for others an incredible opportunity. Maybe you even have a story you could tell in your hockey career about a crazy game with a serious turning point? The interesting thing about turning points is everyone involved is affected; some walk out in victory, others in defeat, but every player in the game is affected.

     With that in mind, consider Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made to set us free from sin. This was undoubtedly the greatest turning point in the history of the world and it has affected every person whoever lived whether they acknowledge it or not. The apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians:
“And being found in human form, He humbled himself [Jesus] by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” –Phil.2:8-11

     When Jesus Christ gave His life on that cross He changed the world forever. Every bit of God’s wrath, stored up since the fall of man in Genesis 3, was poured out on Jesus that day; and not just poured out, but satisfied on Jesus that day. The debt we all owed to our Creator for rebelling against Him was paid in full (Coll. 2:13-14) and death was defeated in victory (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Freedom my friends; Christ set us free to be in right relationship with God! And every person whoever lived is affected by this sacrifice Jesus made. Turning point.

     The Bible says Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father, but through Him” (John 14:6). This is why because He paid the debt we owe to God. He was perfect, He never sinned, and then He chose to pay our debt we deserved to pay. Such love we cannot comprehend. There is no other way; Jesus is our only hope for eternal life after our bodies die.

     The Word of God teaches us if we confess Jesus Christ as the Lord of our life and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved from the condemnation we deserve (Romans 10:9-10). We will be restored to a right relationship with God, our Creator, forgiven, sin free, and righteous before Him. Jesus promised this and He is faithful (John 3:16, 2 Tim. 2:13). Anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved; it is a free gift for all no matter how badly you may have screwed up in your life (Rom. 10:13).
Think about this in your own life. Those who turn from their sin to the living God and believe in Jesus will experience the greatest turning point on their entire life. They will be made new; the old life will be gone. Have you experienced this turning point?

Have you put your faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ?

Have you confessed Him as the Lord of your life and turned from your sin to the Living God?

For more information: Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 16:30-31

 

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