Against all Odds
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[March 25, 2010]
--I don’t know if you’ve
thought about it much but there are people who, by profession, are
odds makers. These are people who figure out life insurance tables,
sporting events, owners and operators of casinos and stock brokers
who actually sort out the long shots from the sure things.
There are people who can mathematically assure you that your car is
30% more likely to be stolen if it’s a Corvette than if it’s a Ford
Contour. If you’re still driving a Ford Pinto these days … the odds
say it’s impossible to be stolen. You don’t need a security alarm …
you can just leave the keys hanging from the ignition.
These “odds makers” can tell you that you’re 10 times more likely to
get hurt riding a bicycle than riding in a car. I found it
fascinating that the odds are twice as good for you to be struck by
lightning three times in the same place as it is for you to win the
Mega Millions lottery.
Some people make their living by figuring out odds like these.
Usually, they’re pretty accurate. But the odds makers were wrong
about Jesus. They were just wrong. And the odds makers were just
wrong about whether he could stay dead.
Oh, it was a long shot. Call it a million to one shot. But he came
back to life. There is an empty tomb in Israel that still bears
witness to that historical reality. There were 500 eye witnesses
that said it was a fact. It happened against all the odds.
To this day, every year, millions of people, from all over the
world, experience an awakening and a transformation when they decide
to believe and trust the Bible. And this just baffles the skeptics
who think this thing should have gone away
centuries ago. But it’s not going away.
It’s gaining strength all over the world. I like to call it, “Easter
Power!” People need it … people want it …people are finding it and
experiencing it … and now here we are again … offering it to you.
Maybe someone you know could use some Easter Power in their life.
Maybe … they’re just waiting for an invitation from a friendly face.
Maybe … that friendly face could be yours.
[Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church]