But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
We have just witnessed one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of sports. The underdog St. Louis Cardinals who were declared dead in August have won the baseball World Series. In August they were 10 1/2 games out of first place and written off as "also rans" when an incredible miracle took place. They picked themselves up off the floor and through intestinal fortitude, sheer grid and determination refused to be declared dead. A great revival took place and the end result was a World Series Championship. What could be any better than that?
Their triumph can be likened to that of the early followers of Jesus Christ. These brave Christians were maligned, persecuted, burned at the stake, torn apart by lions, and left for dead, but they refused to give up and recant their faith in Christ. These New Testament believers were every bit champions in their own right. They took their place in history as Heroes of the Faith just as the Cardinals have their place in history as World Champions.
It is a time of celebration!