1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Growing up, my mom is a huge, and mean HUGE, fan of the Boston Red Sox. While her sister's wall of their shared room is covered with photos of handsome movie stars, Mom's is plastered with the faces of Red Sox players.
Some of the greatest to have ever played the game.
Joe Cronin. Bobby Doerr. Johnny Pesky.
The legendary Ted Williams.
One of Mom's most treasured memories from her youth is the day her father drives her to Boston to see the team play at the famous Fenway Park. Oh, what a thrill! Especially, in the days before television, when all one has is the radio.
Mom listens to every game she can. Follows every play. Even keeps stats!
So, imagine her excitement when her beloved "BoSox" go to the World Series.
The year is 1946. The team has not won a World Series match up since 1918.
She is beside herself with hope that this will be the year it happens. The Big Win! The Victory!
But, it is not to be . . .
It is the seventh and last game. The last inning. Tied.
With Cardinal player, Enos Slaughter, at third. Poised to run to home plate.
Ball flies just over shortstop, Johnny Pesky's, head into left field. Chased down by Leon Culberson. Thrown to Pesky.
Who hesitates . . . Just. For. One. Second.
Mom cries her eyes out.
"Well," her father observes, "I guess after this game, you won't be a Sox fan anymore."
Mom looks at him in disbelief.
"I'll always be a Red Sox fan!" She declares, stomping her foot for emphasis. "Win or lose, I don't care! The are the best team ever! They'll win next year. You'll see!"
In our World Series called life, we win some and we lose some. But, as Christians, we know we will be winners in the end. For, Christ conquered death and, through Him, because of Him, the final victory is ours.
Will you thank Jesus today for conquering the grave and giving you the victory?
Will you join me in prayer?
We can endure the storms and losses in this life, Father, for we know we are saved in Christ. In facing trials and troubles, let us always remember that He paid the ultimate price to secure us the victory of everlasting life. Amen.
Psalms 136 or 118
Exodus 13:1-2, 11-16
1 Corinthians 15:51-58