THE GREATEST COMEBACK EVER

We love comeback stories. Like David and Goliath. Or the underdog in the national championship. Or the special needs boy who saves a neighbor’s life. But we too easily believe they happen to others and not to us. Jesus has something to say about that.

Notes And Next Steps

Matthew 28:2-7  + Part 2 of the series “Victorious!"

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. (Matthew 28:2,3)

This is a comeback from disaster.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:4)

The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. (Matthew 28:4)

This is a comeback from despair.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5,6)

This is a comeback from death.

“Go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’” (Matthew 28:7)

This is a comeback from defeat.

 

CROSSTALK

 

                          1. Which of these do you say is the best comeback?
                            A. Mullets (business in front, party in back)
                            B. The Chicago Cubs
                            C. Spring blooms after winter freeze
                            D. Flipping a house
                            E. Other:_________
                          2. Read Galatians 2:20. Where do you see this life full of Jesus described in the words of St. Patrick below? Circle 2 or 3 words or phrases that resonate with you. What drew your attention?I arise today through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism, through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial, through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension.Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise.
                          3. Two other earthquakes are mentioned in the New Testament as disasters that God uses for ________________. Read Acts 16:26 and Luke 21:11.
                            “Be careful how you make sense of your life. What looks like a disaster may, in fact, be grace. What looks like the end may be the beginning. What looks hopeless may be God’s instrument to give you real and lasting hope. Your Father is committed to taking what seems so bad and turning it into something that is very, very good. The same God who planned Good Friday is your Father. He rules over every moment in your life, and in powerful grace, he can do for you just what he did in redemptive history: take what seems so bad and turn it into something that is very, very good. He takes the disasters in your life and makes them tools of redemption. He takes your failure and employs it as a tool of grace. He uses the ‘death’ of the fallen world to motivate you to reach out for life. The most challenging things in your life become the sweetest tools of grace in his wise and loving hands.” (Paul Tripp)
                          4. Romans 6:4 says that baptized believers will live a “new life.” Not just forever but right now. Jesus lives and empowers you with his resurrection to live not in defeat, but in victory. Here’s a story.
                          5. “Sunday’s comin’!”