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  • Writer's pictureBy Pastor Andy Plank

Have You Ever Been Wrong?

January 14, 2024

Paul Finebaum, a nationally respected sports columnist, admitted this morning he was wrong about Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverine football program. What make this admission noteworthy is not the fact he was wrong. A lot of people, including yours truly, thought Washington would beat Michigan in the National Championship game last night. What made me take notice is what Mr. Finebaum said as he admitted his mistake. Finebaum stated, “I don’t want to be wrong about something, you never want to be wrong. But if you’re going to be epically wrong, out of this constellation, out of this universe wrong, I’ll take it.” The composer Beethoven said something similar when he said, “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable!” In other words, go big or go home! All this talk about being wrong got me thinking about some things about which I have been mistaken over the years. I thought condos would never make it in Nashville. When they first came out, I thought salad bars were stupid. I also thought the idea of charging for water was crazy. Who in their right mind would pay money for water in a bottle when you could get it for free out of the spigot? Those are only a few of many things I have been wrong about. But you know some things I know? I know I’m a sinner. I’ve been a sinner for a long time. However, I also know that I’m a sinner saved by grace through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ wasn’t a sinner and that made Him the perfect sacrificial lamb offered for the sins of the world, including mine. I have put my faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and that finished work is enough to save me (and you too, if you will simply trust Him). How do I know His finished work on the cross is enough? Three days after being put in the tomb, Jesus Christ rose from the grave and is alive! If God wasn’t satisfied with the sacrifice of Jesus, Jesus would still be in the tomb. There is at least one more thing I know. I know when I die, I am going home to be in the presence of the Lord forever. Here’s some good news. You can know the same thing. The Bible tells is in Acts 16:31 “…believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” It isn’t arrogant or cocky to be confident in our eternal destination. John reminds in in I John 5:13 that he wrote I John so that his readers, (us included) could KNOW they have eternal life. Eternal life is either eternal, or John is a liar! I have been wrong about a lot of things and will be wrong about a lot more things before I’m done. With that being said, I know what I know. I know who I am, and I know where I’m going. I pray you do too!

Be blessed and then go be a blessing . . . Bro. Andy

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