If the story of Christ is like the Super Bowl, then Christmas is the opening ceremony (the coin toss if you will). Good Friday is like the 2 minute warning and the opposing team has just scored what would be the winning touchdown. We think there’s no way our team could pull out a victory. Easter Sunday morning is like 2 seconds left no chance to win and our team receives the kickoff 8 yards deep in the end zone and the kick returner does the impossible weaving his way through all the defenders scoring the winning touchdown as time runs out. We as fans go from despair to absolute elation. Following the football analogy, I guess Hebrews 1:3b (NLT) describes the equivalent of the awarding of the Lombardi trophy:
After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.
Of course all analogies break down at some point. Christ was not involved in a game, and if you can call it a game, the outcome of it is far more significant than a football game – our (eternal) lives!
Christ was, is and will be victorious!!!