Everybody loves to cheer for the underdog! It’s not enough to go the distance; audiences must see Rocky win—again and again. Has there ever been a greater underdog than a dead person? And yet Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over all the natural odds.
But Jesus was NEVER the underdog. He was the One with authority, and was even authority itself! Death never had a chance of keeping Him. On the other hand, all Christian believers were the underdog. We were in a lost condition, children of wrath, and without God in this world. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a supernatural change came upon us in the new birth, and we were changed! It’s an exciting story! Where would you be now if Christ hadn’t come into your life? Where would you be headed?
Now if you have made Jesus lord and savior of your life, you have been changed. You are no longer the underdog. You may feel like life’s circumstances are overwhelming you and that you can’t beat the odds. But the odds have already been beaten for you. Because Jesus rose from the dead, you too will rise from the dead. Not only will you rise from the dead, scripture declares that you’ve already been raised: “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye ARE risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins… HAS he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross “(Colossians 2:12-14).
You were an underdog, and the handwriting of ordinances had you bound to the ground. But Jesus took them out of the way, and you were raised! Notice the past tense. You WERE dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), but God raised you up in Christ. It has already happened. No more under, God’s children are over.
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