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    Touchdown! Austin Booth is a 12-year-old football player in Florida. And like most football players, he had always wanted to make a touchdown. During a game last month, his wish came true – but only with the help of his teammates. Austin has congenital heart disease and is in heart failure, meaning he cannot have a transplant. In that condition, it was nearly impossible for him to be able to run a touchdown like another tailback in good health. But his coach came up with a way for Austin to score a touchdown. It would require the help of his team and the sympathetic cooperation of the opposing team.

    A video posted by Austin’s mother onto Facebook shows Austin being sent onto the field for the special play. The ball is snapped and handed to Austin, who climbs onto the back of a bigger, stronger teammate. His teammate carried him down the field and crossed the goal line for a touchdown with players on both teams cheering for him. “They were running the touchdown with him and it was just amazing,” said Angela Booth, Austin’s mother. “This was so much bigger than football,” Angela told After the touchdown, Austin was carried off the field on the shoulders of his coach, with his hands held high in the air, with a few “dabs” along the way.

    Due to the “failures of our hearts” (our sins), we were unable to achieve victory over sin and death. What we could not do ourselves, Christ accomplished for us. He paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross (Ephesians 1:7). He died and was buried, but on the third day, He arose from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:1-3). Jesus won the ultimate victory over sin and death! He invites us to “climb onto His back” so that He can carry us to victory. Christ has promised to share His victory with us when we place our faith and trust in Him (Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). As we continue to walk in the light of His Word, then He will continue to cleanse us from our sins by His redeeming blood (1 John 1:7-9).

    Recognizing the failures of his own heart (his struggle with sin), the Apostle Paul exclaimed: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24 NIV). Then he answered his question: “Thanks be to God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25). “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

    YOU can share in Christ’s victory over sin and death if only you will “climb onto His back” in trusting obedience.

    * Information gleaned from “Florida boy, 12, with failing heart scores touchdown: 'This was so much bigger than football'” by Alexandria Hein of Fox News,

    Church of Christ at Creekwood