The "Win-Lose" scenario...
Politicians engage it. Our court system often has to practice it. Divided families and congregations can suffer from it. It's built into sports competition and certainly part of the odds in a casino.
The "Win-Win" scenario...
St Paul has a better plan - actually he got the plan from Jesus who got the plan from his Father!
"For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1.21) This is the way the ESV translation says it.
Some of the modern-day paraphrases expand on this "win win" understanding.
The Message says, "Alive I'm Christ's messenger; dead, I'm his bounty. Life verses even more life! I can't lose!"
The New Living Translation writes, "For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better."
The Good News Translation says, "For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more."
All summer we've been asking the same question, "Why Jesus!?" In this second-to-last Sunday we'll proclaim a Biblical Truth that produces a profound sense of confidence, courage and perseverance.
In Christ - you can't lose. You can only win. You've already won.
This isn't a denial of current suffering or a gloss over people's pain - but a message of depth and substance there is life now and later that is larger than all the world, the flesh and devil can dish out.
What kind of confidence might you have, how much anxiety might you shed since both living and dying are in Christ!?
Let's come together Sunday to celebrate the "win-win" we have been given in Christ!