01-08-16 Insight Post

It’s two days before Christmas and one of the greatest comebacks ever happened in a blue-collared town in Pennsylvania. The 39 years leading up these two days before Christmas, this town’s football team—Pittsburgh Steelers—were just plain bad. 39 years of futility. That all changed with one play. This one play changed a repulsed franchise into a respected one.

The play is called the Immaculate Reception. With 22 second left in the playoff game, the Steelers trailed the Raiders, 7-6. With a fourth-and-10 on their own 40-yard line, it looked like a comeback was impossible. With defenders in his face, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw the ball to the Raiders' 35-yard line, toward halfback John Fuqua. Raiders safety, Jack Tatum, collided with Fuqua just as the ball arrived. Tatum's hit knocked Fuqua to the ground and sent the ball sailing backward several yards, end over end. Steelers fullback Franco Harris, after initially blocking on the play, had run downfield in case Bradshaw needed another eligible receiver. He scooped up the sailing ball just before it hit the ground. Harris used a stiff arm to fight off a Raiders defender and went in for a touchdown as time expired. The touchdown gave the Steelers a 13–7 win.

There’s nothing like an unbelievable comeback. Sports is a good condensed picture of life. For some of us we’re struggling in days, weeks, months, and even years of what we’d consider setbacks. Just like one play changed the trajectory and future of a sports franchise, I believe all we need is one moment with Jesus to change our trajectory and future. Pursing a comeback is something that we should never give up on. There will be times when we are in a setback and when we don’t see God at work in our lives that we will be tempted to give up. Someone once said that when we don’t see God’s hands we need to trust His heart.

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 34:17-18 (NLT)

Please don’t give up on your comeback.

Jeff Geyer

Associate Pastor

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