The King Has One More Move

John Ortberg wrote in his book, It All Goes Back Into the Box, the story of two men in a museum who saw a painting of a chess game. One character in the painting looked like a man and the other looked very much like the devil. The man was down to his last piece. The title of the painting was “Checkmate.” One of the two men looking at the painting was an international chess champion. Something about the painting intrigued him. He began to study it. He grew so engrossed that the man with him got a little impatient and asked what he was doing. The chess champion said, “Something about this painting bothers me. I want to study it for a while and you go ahead and wander around.”
When the friend came back, the chess master said, “We must locate the man who painted this picture. We must tell him he must either change the picture or change the title. I have determined there is something wrong with it.” His friend asked, “What’s wrong with the painting?” The man replied, “It is titled ‘Checkmate,’ but the title is wrong. The game is not over. The king still has one more move.”

That is the Easter message. The King still has one more move. When you think it is over, done, finished, that you can’t go on, that the obstacles are too big, the grief is too intense, the failure too final, the disappointment too deep, the hurt too horrible, the debt too large, when you are ready to throw in the towel, disappear into despair, wallow in self-pity, or live sad, Easter says, “Hang in there; don’t give up; hang on. The King still has one more move.” Remember, the tomb is empty.

God always has the last word, the final move, and to those who belong to Jesus Christ, it is a good move. To believe in Easter is to know that God will not let His purpose for your life wind up in tragedy. Neither will He allow you to live in despair and hopelessness. The King has one more move. He has a future for you, and Easter says your future will be more glorious that your past. This Easter, remember, the King has one more move.

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