When I was a young boy there was an open lot across the street from my house.  As a result, it became a great place to play football with my friends.  We would often meet there after school to play.  When we played a game of football, we had to referee ourselves.  As a result, there were some times disagreements about particular plays.  Every side would argue their case and understanding of what happened.  When we couldn’t reach a decision, someone would call out “do-over.”  A “do-over” call meant that the previous play was forgotten, and everything would be done over.  It was a new start; a new chance to play.

When you read the Gospels, there are countless stories where Jesus encountered individuals who had come to a point in their lives where they felt stuck in situations that offered no hope for their futures.  Whether it was a man covered with the sores of leprosy, a woman sitting alone at a well, a dishonest tax collector hanging from a sycamore tree, or a woman about to be stoned to death by a mob, Jesus entered the scene and cried out “do-over.”  Jesus refused to let these individuals remain in their hopeless situations.  Jesus offered a second chance and a fresh start with a new future.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the apostle Paul writes, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”  In Jesus, God offers every person a chance to start over and begin anew.  In Jesus, no life ever reaches a point in which it is beyond redemption and renewal.  Every life can find a new beginning in Jesus.

Nowhere is this more seen than in the cross.  The cross of Jesus is God’s way of saying “do-over” to a world broken by sin, gripped in guilt, and bound for hell.  God, out of his great love for us, turns the pages of our past and creates a new beginning for all.  We can leave our painful past and find hope for a new beginning in Jesus.  Regardless of what our lives may look like in the present, God says, “do-over.”  It is a new start and a new chance at life.


Published by Dr. Philip W. Turner

Since 1991 I have had the joy of serving as Pastor of Pine Street Baptist Church in the community of Oregon Hill in Richmond, Virginia. The people I have met a long the way have inspired me in my daily ministry. I have truly been blessed.

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