Think Like a Winner! – The Good News of Easter

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Luke 24: The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.[1]

Easter means different things to different people.  Some see Easter as a day to wear a new suit or hat.  Children may think of Easter as a day to search for the dyed eggs and baskets their mother hid from them to find.  Some see it as a “Must go to” day to attend church.  Some will think of some special place and people to have an afternoon meal.  The preacher is usually happy for Easter because the crowd at church is often larger than usual.  Families will often connect and reconnect on Easter Sunday.

One of the sermons I will be preaching this Easter Sunday is, “Think like a Winner.”  To me, the Easter message is a message about victory.  Those who crucified Jesus thought that by killing him they had scored a knockout punch.  They thought that by killing him they would kill his message.  To them, crucifixion was the nail in the coffin that hopefully would diminish a ministry of healing the sick, raising the dead, feeding the hungry and giving hope to the poor and the weak.

The resurrection of Jesus, just three days after the crucifixion, was the answer of God to those who celebrated death as a defeat.  The resurrection was God’s way of telling the world to start thinking like a winner.  What does it mean to think like a winner?  Winners have several characteristics.  They plan to win. They practice to win.  They compete to win and they do not stop until they have won.  This is true in athletics, business, politics and our personal lives.

The rules of winning do not change.  The bottom line is diligence in preparation and excellence in delivery.  Jesus message is a message of hope, but also a message that points to victory.  Just as Jesus rose from the dead, you and I should rise from defeat, suffering and shame and walk in newness of life.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What about the Easter story in the Bible should cause you to think like a winner?
  2. What are some of the reasons why we do not always think like winners?

 

Prayer:

Lord, help me to think and act like a winner.  Teach me to live with a forward view.  Show me how to rise above fear and suffering.  Help me to build and maintain a long view of life.  With every setback, show me the pathway to success.  Teach me to think outside of the box.  Bless me with the ability to dream, but also show me how to make dreams a reality.  Lord, your resurrection is good news!  You have overcome sin and death and provided me with an opportunity to live beyond despair, to envision life without fear, and love without bounds.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Lk 24:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.