“His face shone like lightening, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.” (Matthew 28:3-4)
I would have loved to have been there the day that Jesus rose from the dead. To watch those guards shake with fear! The looks on their faces must have been priceless. These men thought the victory was theirs, game over! It was looking like the away team in the bottom of the 9th, up by 17 runs! There is no way this dead man comes back now! Not even with “God” on His side!
I can only assume that’s what they were thinking, or would have been had they known about baseball. But us baseball ladies, we know better. We’ve been at those games, bottom of the 9th, with our men losing by a mile. We gather our purses and get ready for that final out, already sure the other team has won. Then it happens: a single, a double, an error, HOME RUN!? How did this happen? Extra innings? Walk off? The home team takes the game! There’s no way! But, as we know, there is always a way.
This is what we call “a comeback.” When the losing team comes from behind in an extraordinary way that no one ever imagined possible. And boy, do those stadiums erupt when they do. It is almost as if an earthquake happens! The fireworks that no one expected would go off that night shine like lightening in the sky. It’s a miracle!
That’s how I feel about the resurrection. Jesus plays for the home team, and we all thought He was defeated. He came back from the dead in an extraordinary way though! After that horrible week of betrayal, arrest, torture, and death. He did it, because God does what He says He will do!
Now, let’s consider our own times of betrayal and defeat. Do we believe God will do what He says He will? Do we believe God can raise us back to the life we are meant to live with Him? How could we not, knowing what we know? We too, are worthy of the comeback. We can come from behind and take the victory, because God has already won that for us!
This Easter, it’s not about bunnies or eggs. It’s not even about a meal as a family. And it’s certainly not about the start of baseball season. It’s about Jesus, and the incredible comeback that showed the world, God is who He says He is.
Prayer: Lord, we praise you for the comeback! Thank you for showing us just how powerful you are over our lives! Thank you for how good you are that you rewrite the ending and give us the victory, even when we fall behind. We pray that we would always know to turn to you for the comeback and trust you with it! In Jesus' name, Amen.
Suggested Reading: Matthew 28