Part 4 of our One Word series with Pastor Chris is on the word “Outcome.” Outcome is defined as a noun meaning, “something that follows as a consequence; a result.” Something that I really miss during this season is live sports. I really enjoy sports. Some would say that I love sports. I miss getting pulled into a game all caught up in the energy of crowd, the competition, and drama. And the most exciting part? I think it’s the unpredictability, the suspense and the face that no one ever knows ahead of time who is going to win the game!
As in the words of the great philosopher Lloyd Christmas when he finally gets up the courage to ask Mary Swanson in the classic serious drama movie “Dumb and Dumber” Lloyd asks, “what are the odds of them getting together?” She responds with not good. Lloyd continues to ask for specifics on his chances, “like one out of a hundred?” Mary responds with, “more like one in a million.” To Lloyd’s exstatic response, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”
That is how I feel at the beginning of any sports game. No matter what I am watching or who or what side I want to win I remind myself, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!” You never know what will happen. Even if the odds are stacked against you, there is always a chance!
But when it comes to our personal life, we don’t like unpredictability. We want to know how things are going to turn out! We don’t like to wonder about or wait for the outcome! Wanting to predict what our future will be right here and now. We want to be sure and we want to know the outcome. However, we don’t always get to know how it all turns out. Jesus is the only one who does. Here is what God tells us in Revelation 21:4-5, “He’ll (Jesus) wipe away every tear from their eyes, Death is done for good — tears gone, crying gone, pain gone — all the first order of things gone…Look! I’m making everything new.”
The hard stuff of life is just hard. It’s messy, unpredictable, and we feel as if we are moving backwards some times. We don’t always get the outcome that we are hoping for. God doesn’t promise that and I wish that He did! However, He does promise that He will be with us through it all! Promsing to bring along His peace, grace and everything that He tells us in His scripture. Hebrews 9:28 reminds us, “Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when He next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet Him is, precisely, salvation.”
Because of Christ’s sacrifice we have so much hope and a different outcome. We have His absolute assurance that His promises of victory and dealing and freedom and eace and depiction and joy are for here and now! What is the final outcome of those of us who belong to Him? Precisely salvation! How amazing we get to know ahead of time that we are going to win! Live in that victory today. The victorious outcome of Christ’s salvation and new life!