Easter: The Called Shot

Babe Ruth

John 10:17-18
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

In 1932, legend has it that Babe Ruth, in the fifth game of the World Series pointed towards center field, and hit a home run. People still debate the validity of the Ruth legend. Either way, Ruth hit the home run.

Whether you agree with Ruth’s story or not, a much greater called shot happened over 2,000 years ago. The Lord Jesus, repeatedly, declared that He would not only die for our sins, but that He would rise up three days later.

I’m so glad that He called this shot, even before He was born in the manger! He prophesied it through the prophets, from Enoch to Malachi. Isaiah declared it triumphantly, David rejoiced at the sight. Abraham saw His day, and was glad. The breath taking thing is this, as soon as Eve’s decided to eat the fruit, God decided to save us. He never wanted them to sin, but He was prepared to offer Himself to reclaim us!

He called the shot while His voice was Adam was still burdened with guilt. He called the shot before they were thrust out of the garden. As the tears of sin flowed down their faces, tears of love promising redemption flowed from God’s face.

This Easter, I’m so thankful that He cared enough to communicate my victory. For He didn’t just call the shot from a Heavenly throne. He carried it out through blood and agony, and looked back triumphant from home plate as the tomb stood perpetually empty.

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I love to use my iPad Mini, and iPad first generation before it to draw. It’s relaxing for me, I’m just an amateur, but I thought I’d share some with you. A few are covers and illustrations from our eStories.

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Meet Dr. Ed

The following is a fictional, hopefully inspirational, interaction. It occurs in a studio in a corner of my imagination. It is my hope that this light hearted interview will bring a smile to your day.

T.J.: As it is our readers first time talking to you, I’d like to let you just give them some background.

Ed: I will be glad to proceed with the interesting interrogation examining my inner character and characteristics.

T.J.: You’re a doctor aren’t you?

Ed: Yes, I’m a H.O.P.E. and am trained in S.I.L.L.Y. and J.O.Y. Seminars.

T.J.: Those letters mean what?

Ed: You mean other than how much school cost my Parents?

T.J.: You’re fictional, so it didn’t cost them.

Ed: Well, you get what you paid for. H.O.P.E. stands for the study of the History Of Positive Encouragement. S.I.L.L.Y. seminars are Strategically Inspiring those you Love and Lead while denying Yourself. J.O.Y. is paradigm training, it means Jesus Others and You. This is the order that we should follow in our lives.

T.J.: So through laughter you help people.

Ed: I try. There is so much negativity in the world today. So many hurting people, desperate folks, and angry people. Why put down when you can build up? Why not find a way to make people laugh?

T.J.: You got your name for a reason, what was it?

Joshua 22:34
And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the Lord is God.

Ed: I was named after an Altar, loosely Ed means Witness. So I witness to those who need a shot of upliftment the arms. After all, flabby arms aren’t flattering, neither are flattened spirits. Sadness seeps into lives and controls them. My job is to edify, enlighten, and engage in laughter!

T.J.: With your looks, I can understand the laughter. Orange and yellow bow tie, silver buzz cut, Einstein mustache, cowboy hat in your hand, and a brown suit with burgundy shoes. You look like a cartoon drawing Ed!

Ed: That’s Dr. Ed to you, and my visual characteristics are your curious construction sir! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a patient arriving soon.

T.J.: Who are you treating today?

Ed: A songbird that’s forgotten her song.

T.j.: How will you help her, give her sheet music?

Ed: You hopeful boy, you went looking for humor, too bad it alluded you so completely! No, I merely shall remind her of her reason for singing. She is alive, living in a world of God’s creation, with an opportunity to bless others.

T.J.: To bless others?

Ed: Yes, through her song! Give her a reason to be happy, and she’ll remember her song. You see, she’s not really forgotten her song. She has forgotten her reason to sing, remind her of that, and the words will come easy.

T.J.: So if I meet someone sad today, I should tell them they have reason to be happy?

Ed: No! No! No! They won’t need your knowledge, but they may need a kind smile, a hug, or simply a I love you! Lift them up to where they can see the sky, and they’ll know what to do once they’re there. Share your love, not your opinions Timothy!

T.J.: Yes, Dr. Ed, see you next time!

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