When was the last time you saw something that totally surpised you? The last time you saw something that made you do a double-take and say “Did I just see what I think I saw?”?
In 2004 during the NBA playoffs the Los Angeles Lakers where playing the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Tim Duncan of the Spurs had just hit a nearly impossible shot to put the Spurs up by a single point. When the shot was made, the Lakers immediately called timeout. All the Spurs’ players, coaches, and fans where all going crazy, because they thought they had won the game and all the Lakers’ players are disspondant. There is now only 0.04 seconds (four tenths of a second) in the game
Because they called timeout, the Lakers got the ball at half court. The referee hands the ball to a Lakers player. Derrick Fisher notices the man guarding him wasn’t paying enough attention to him and makes a break toward the inbounder. The inbounder fires a pass to Fisher, who catches the ball while simultaneously turning around while he caught the ball. When he finished, he was facing the basket. He jumps up fires up a fade away jump shot as time quickly expires. The shot goes in, Derrick Fisher and almost all his teammates run into the locker room, and all the Spurs fans go totally silent. All the referees run over to the scorers table to watch replay after replay of this shot.
The shot is called good, all the Lakers’ players run into the locker room, and all the Spurs’ players walk into their locker room totally dejected.
At the time of this game I was living in Scotland so I didn’t see it live when it happened. I have, however, watched the shot several times on youtube.
Every time I see it, I am amazed.
No doubt, the same surprize was on the faces’ of the disciples who encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24.
Jesus had died on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the grave. But not one of His followers expected Him to rise from the dead, despite His repeatedly saying He would.
While two of His disciples were returning to their home in Emmaus, Jesus mysteriously appears and walks with them. While they walked, Jesus asks them what they were talking about. They tell Him about Himself dyeing and being buried, and how dejected they were about it.
And Jesus proceeds to tell them about Himself and how Moses, the prophets, and all of scripture told of His life, burrial, and resurrection. It wasn’t long until they reached Emmaus, and the disciples went on home. But Jesus acted like He was going further, but the men strongly urged Him to stay with them, so He does.
When they sit down to eat, Jesus took bread, broke it, and gave a piece to the men. When Jesus did this, the men suddenly realize it was Jesus, and He disappered. The men hurried back to Jerusalem to tell the disciples Jesus really is alive.
I hope and pray we all can have a lively spiritual experience.
Comments, questions, further thoughts, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.
God bless. Grace and Peace.