The Greatest Comeback - Ted Winsley

“If it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead. But He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-19


The power of the resurrection is what undergirds our Christian faith. Without the understanding that Christ has given us the ability to come back, we are lost, miserable, and to be pitied more than all men. But since we have assurance of our faith, we can confidently say that Christ made the world’s greatest comeback!


When you realize that God brought His Son back from hell—not the sort of “hell” that we talk about, but literally hell—what sort of circumstance or situation do you think He can’t bring you back from?


The truth of the greatest comeback is the central theme of our faith as Believers. When we lead our lives with this Gospel, we will not lose hope.


“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9


Don’t lose heart, don’t give up, don’t quit. We serve a God that came back from the worst situation that any human could possibly face in this life. This Jesus has assured us that if we believe in Him, trust in Him, and do not give up, we too will come back.


Easter is all about celebrating this incredible comeback. Though the world has commercialized Easter to include bunnies, baskets, and chocolate eggs, we can use these things to bring attention to the real reason that we celebrate. It’s important to avoid getting stuck on being so religious that we forget to meet people where they are and bring the Gospel to them. So this Easter, our church is gathering the community around us for a big, free springtime event with an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, classic cars, and more fun so that we can give the people of our community something that would be of interest to them. By drawing people in this way, we are aiming to do what Jesus did with the woman at the well: Meeting a need and then showing them Christ’s love.


In John chapter 4, Jesus met a woman who had a natural need (water) and lead her to the realization that her greater need was spiritual. He engaged with her by entering her world, showing her that He cared and was paying attention to her, and because of that, she knew that this man was different. He broke all the religious and cultural rules of the day just to meet her need.


That is what the resurrection is all about. We need to be open and willing to engage the people around us in order to show them what their true need really is—to let them know that they can make a comeback.


Jesus showed this woman that He believed she could make that comeback. He let her know that what He was offering was exactly what she needed to do that. And when she experienced this powerful truth, she left her water jug and ran into her community to tell everyone about the man who believed even she—the woman with a dirty past and a bad titlecould make a comeback.


This is what the Gospel does. It meets people where they are to let them know that no matter what situation they are in, they can make a comeback. Whatever natural need you have, we have a Savior who will fulfill an even greater need of yours for all of eternity.


“And because of His words many more became believers. They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.’” John 4:41-42


—Pastor Ted Winsley, chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles


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