One of the best-known quotes from the character Rocky Balboa of the “Rocky” boxing films is, “It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is how many times you get up.” In the context of the film, the application had to do specifically with boxing, but there are many ways we can apply that statement to each one of our daily lives.
No one goes through life without getting knocked down in some way. Knock downs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They can be failures, accidents, bad choices, other people hurting us, health issues, financial shortfalls, and the list can go on and on. Getting up after a fall can be hard. It takes courage and toughness to pick ourselves up and keep trying to succeed. After a while, the nagging question can begin to haunt us, “Is it worth it to keep getting up?” And when we can’t answer that question, we begin to lose hope.
Hope is the life changing application of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because he overcame death, we can trust that everything he said and promised is true. Which practically means, no matter how often or how hard we get knocked down, there is hope, powerful and eternal hope.
This Easter may seem like a downer since we’re isolated in our homes. But the underlying truths of what we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday aren’t restricted by geography. Jesus has risen, he has risen indeed! And that means you can have resilient hope – always, anywhere!
Our online service will be available Saturday evening.