From the Pastor's Desk

The Greatest “Come-Back” of All Time

In sports, everybody loves a good “come-back”! You know, when your favorite team has been losing for most of the game, but in the end, pulls out a victory. When I was a young boy, I would pretend to play an entire baseball game just by throwing a tennis ball up against the block wall next to our driveway. Of course I had to play every single position, both offense and defense. It seems like every game I played came down to the same scenario – my team is down by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs, miraculously my team would manage to get three men on base. Then it would be my turn to bat. The count would work its way to three balls and two strikes. One more chance for me to either keep the team alive or let everyone down. Perfect pitch, perfect swing, perfect contact. Going, going, gone! GRAND SLAM! We win! We win! It’s a miracle ending – we win! Everybody loves a good “come-back”!

Even God must get excited by a good “come-back.” After all, He orchestrated the greatest “come-back” of all time. After putting up a great fight (or effective ministry), Jesus seemed to be down for the count after the crucifixion. I can just envision the devil prancing around the ring arrogantly, pumping his arms into the air, and claiming the victory. You know he was extremely satisfied that he had actually influenced the religious leaders to reject Jesus and to push for His death. You can see and hear the disappointment in Jesus’ fans’ faces and voices. The men on the road to Emmaus “stood still, their faces downcast.”

Then they spoke to the stranger they encountered on the road, “We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21). At least politically, many had put all their hope in Jesus. When He died, all their hopes of being free from Roman domination were buried with Him. The match appearing to be over, spectators had begun to leave the arena. But God was not done. Jesus was not finished. The match was not over.

On the third day after Jesus’ death, from the empty tomb, the angel proclaimed: “WHY DO YOU LOOK FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD? HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN!” (Luke 24:5-6). We can rejoice: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). Sin and death are going, going, gone! RESURRECTION! We win! We win! It’s a miracle ending – we win! Thank You, Jesus, for the greatest “come-back” of all time! Happy Easter!

Always remember: Jesus Loves You and So Do I!

Pastor Jimmy