Game changers. In sports, there are times when there are decisive moments that change the momentum and dramatically affect the final outcome of the game. It’s a term that has been borrowed into other aspects of life. I’ve seen it used in the business world, and in various life situations. But it pretty much is used in the same way: an event that affects the outcome or in a broader sense something that changes the way you think or view a situation, and even potentially changes how you do those things because your perspective has changed. They are pivotal moments. In life there is a game changer that is orders of magnitude greater than how the term is usually used such that even modifying the term to life changer doesn’t do it justice: it’s the Resurrection. He is risen, and it changes everything.
I want to examine a famous passage as it relates to the cross. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2, ESV). The analogy in this verse of running the race ties in well with the concept of a game changer. Christ is that change. If you look at living your life for Christ, this verse points to some specific ways to do it: being with other believers; getting rid of sin and anything that hinders our “run”; having endurance; and by looking to Jesus. And it’s that last point I want to hone in on as it describes Christ as the founder and perfecter of our faith. The term founder is used for someone who starts, pioneers or begins something, and thus sets the example for others to follow. Christ is the author and originator of true faith. Perfecter is a term that refers to someone who brings about a successful conclusion. Faith has been perfected as Jesus demonstrated His endurance and suffering on the cross with His resurrection to the throne. His resurrection ushered in a new way of living, a new way of seeing the world, and being able to approach and be reconciled to God through Christ. It’s a “life changer” in the ultimate sense of the term because it is only through Him that we have life.
And as we live our life for Christ, let us not forget the sacrifice upon the cross and the price He paid for us. It was done because of His immense love for us. I hope that you live your life not defeated, but with the recognition that the race has been won. Christ defeated sin and death. And it changes everything.
I encourage you to spend some time in quiet prayer during this Easter time, and remember the sacrifice that Christ paid, and praise Him with thanksgiving for who He is and what He has done. I hope to see you at our Good Friday service at 6pm for worship and to remember His sacrifice.