In 2001, Sports Illustrated magazine featured an article on the greatest comebacks of all time. Throughout sports history, there have been some incredible comeback stories:
*Marshall University — a chartered plane carrying Marshall University’s Thundering Herd football team and coaches crashed, leaving no survivors. This football team rose from unfathomable ruin and despair to achieve remarkable victory as a program.
*Lance Armstrong — a cancer survivor that not only beats what appears to be incredible odds of testicular, lung and brain cancer, but is the only cyclist to ever win The Tour de France 7 times after his diagnosis.
*Michael Jordan — known as one of THE GREATEST basketball players ever, was actually cut from his high school basketball team.
Surprisingly, Sports Illustrated selected the resurrection of Jesus as Number One. It was stated this way: “Jesus Christ, 33 A.D. Defies critics and stuns the Romans with His resurrection.” In any list of history’s comebacks, Jesus’ victory over the grave surely merits First Place. His resurrection is in a class that trumps any other comeback.
Matthew 16:21 says, “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”. Jesus is crucified but comes back to life — triumphing over the grave.
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. The empty tomb is the foundation of our faith.
Have a Blessed Easter!