Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Winter Park High School
AUDITORIUM CAPACITY: 800
We admire anyone who makes a comeback after failure and defeat. In 2001, Sports Illustrated magazine featured an article on the greatest comebacks of all time. Surprisingly, they selected the resurrection of Jesus as number one. It was stated this way: “Jesus Christ, 33 ad. Defies critics and stuns the Romans with His resurrection.”
How discerning! In any list of history’s comebacks, Jesus’ victory over the grave surely merits first place. Indeed, His resurrection is in a class that soars above any other comeback.
Death ultimately triumphs over life. When a person dies, there is no possibility of renewed existence—at least not in this world. But that wasn’t so with Jesus. He had promised His disciples that after being crucified by His enemies, He would come back to life—triumphing over the grave. Matthew records this in his gospel: “Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things . . . and be killed, and be raised the third day” (16:21). And that is what happened to our Savior.
Jesus Christ’s comeback assures us that we too by faith in Him will come back when we are resurrected from the grave (John 11:25-26).
When Jesus died upon the cruel cross,
“This is the end,” thought many standing by;
But we can put our faith in what He said:
“If you believe in Me, you’ll never die.” —Hess