Sunday Recap – The Comeback Kid – Part 3

Death is something that we all must face.  It is an annoying and ever present part of life that keeps coming back over and over again.  We see it in the death of cell phone that will no longer keep a charge.  We experience it in the death of a relationship that has gone the way of neglect and apathy.  We feel it as we lay a loved one to rest at a graveside.

As a result we all fight death.  We do it in our own ways, though.  Some of us fight it by trying to eat healthier and exercise obsessively.  Others fight it by going to the doctor’s office at a rate that makes our insurance company nervous.  And still others fight death by trying any and every spiritual path to understand death.

However, nothing we do can stop it.  Nothing we do can overcome it.  Sure, we can hold it off a bit.  We can even prolong our lives, but in the end dead comes for all of us.

I know at this point.  You are tempted to click out of this blog post, and try to find something more cheerful.  Please don’t.  What I am about to share with you is the cure for death.  This cure is found in the midst of the most powerful comeback story of all times.  It is found in the life of Jesus.

Jesus is God’s Son who left the comfort of heaven, came down to earth and wrapped Himself in human flesh.  He was born to a virgin named Mary.  He grew up in ancient Israel in a Jewish home.  He began to teach the scriptures at a young age.  At around 30 years of age he began to teach, preach and heal folks publicly.  This teaching upset the religious establishment, so at around 33 years of age they falsely accused Him and had him crucified.  Yet, that wasn’t the end of the story.

After three days in a borrowed tomb, Jesus rose from the dead.  This was unusual to say the least.  Jesus himself had performed some resurrection, but His own resurrection was not expected at all.  At least not by the those who carried out the execution.

So, what does this comeback story have to do with us?

In 1 Corinthians 5:20-28 a guy named Paul (who has his own comeback story) helps us connect the dots.  You can click on the scripture reference to read it for yourself, but let me summarize it real quickly. The resurrection of Jesus signals that…

GOD TAKES DEAD PEOPLE & BRINGS THEM TO LIFE THROUGH JESUS.

Let me break this statement down a little more.

GOD TAKES DEAD PEOPLE…

Who is dead, and why are they dead?

In 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 Paul shares with us that as a result of Adam and Eve eating of the fruit in the garden we are all dead.  What he means is that we are all dead spiritually and we will all die one day physically.  We can try to put that date off some, but it will come for all of us (Hebrews 9:27).

Why is this?

We are dead because of sin.  We are dead because of our own sin. That lie we told last week.  That pack of gum we stole as a kid.  That person we hate and wish was dead.  All that stuff is what has caused this death problem.

What can we do about it?  

That leads us to the next part of that statement.

…& BRINGS THEM TO LIFE THROUGH JESUS.

In 1 Corinthians 15:22 Paul makes the following statement – For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection can be ours as well.  We can experience a comeback from spiritual death.  We can comeback from doing al the stuff we do to ignore the fact that we are spiritually dead.  We can be alive.  I mean really alive.

How do we do this? 

We do this through acknowledging our sin (AKA deadness), crying out to God for forgiveness and surrendering our lives to Him.  To put it more simply let me share with you one of my favorite verses of scripture.  It is Romans 10:13Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Do you need to do that today?  Do you need to comeback to life?  Are you tired of struggling with the same sin, struggles and addictions?  

You can comeback.  It all begins with admitting you need a comeback, crying out for God’s help and surrendering to His plans. God will take it from there.

Remember…

GOD TAKES DEAD PEOPLE & BRINGS THEM TO LIFE THROUGH JESUS.

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