Why do people tend to rally around comeback stories with such excitement? We celebrate victories over cancer and other diseases. Awards for “comeback player of the year” and “most improved player” exist. Records for comeback victories are praised. Athletes who overcome seemingly impossible odds to return to greatness are celebrated. We thank God and rejoice when people come back from a devastating accident.
Comeback stories excite us, and they should.
Life is full of ups and downs, so we can all relate (in some way or another) to a good comeback story. We all need comebacks at various points in our lives. In fact, I would argue that God made us for comebacks.
He desires that we come back to Him any time we sin and turn from His perfect plan for our lives. While His original design and perfection at creation did not require a comeback, the fall of humanity as recorded in Genesis 3 set the script for all of us and our need to be restored in our relationship with God. We all need a comeback. God put in us a desire for comebacks. His Holy Spirit calls sinners to the ultimate comeback in and through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching through Luke 24:1-12 on the greatest comeback of all, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. While we all need comebacks in our earthly lives, there is no comeback we need more than Jesus coming back from death to life. Considering His resurrection, though, do you stop at simply recognizing the historical event, or do you respond in repentance, faith, and obedience to the Word of God?
My message “Jesus Lives” should be available Sunday evening HERE, but I want to challenge you to think deeply about the resurrection of Jesus and what it means for your life. How are you responding to what He did for you and what He accomplished for you?
Comeback stories excite us, and none should excite us more than the greatest comeback ever. Are you amazed and excited? Are you celebrating? Do your commitments and priorities prove your professed belief and excitement?
To God be the glory!