I posted this over at Prayers For Blowouts this morning…
Sacrifices and Comebacks.
Two words we use all the time in sports. Sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies, and fullbacks sacrificing their bodies to create a hole for their running back to get an extra 3 yards. Comebacks from down 5 runs, down 4 strokes, and down two touchdowns with 4 minutes left in the game.
Sacrifices are all about giving yourself up for a greater good and comebacks are all about winning when it seemed you were going to lose. And since you’ve been able to see where I was going with all this from the first few words of the post, I won’t pretend like I’m about to sneak up on you with some spirituality.
Easter weekend is all about sacrifice and comebacks in the Christian faith. Believing that Jesus’ death was not just another death, but that in sacrificing his life, he was atoning for the screw-ups and failures and pride and hatred and bad choices and personal junk of the world. Believing that Jesus was as divine as he said he was, and that he beat death by coming back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As you go about your day, and even your upcoming week, keep those two words fresh in your head. Remember the sacrifice that Jesus made, and be willing to sacrifice your own desires for the good of others around you. Remember how Jesus came back from the dead, and recall that Paul tells us the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. That comeback power of the Holy Spirit, available to us to glorify God by the things we do and say.
Happy Easter everyone, hope you enjoy a special day with friends, family, and the God who has made it all possible. And if Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection are important to you, remember to thank God for the Greatest. Comeback. Ever.