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Redemption stories. Second chance stories.
What is it about these types of stories that fill my heart with an extra heaping of joy each time I hear them? I think about redemption a lot. After I wrote yesterday’s post and while I was en route to pick my son up from school, I thought a little more about why I never get tired of these kinds of stories.
Redemption stories are often portrayed as underdog stories or comeback stories and that’s why I like them so much. That’s why they touch my heart.
Underdog story: The most unlikely characters come out on top. The first movie I thought about for this was Rudy, the young man determined to play Notre Dame football even though, outwardly, he looked nothing like a football player. The odds were stacked against him. Few believed in him.
Comeback story: The character is either treated unfairly or the character chooses the wrong path for awhile but, in the end, finds himself back on the road to triumph. And, of course, the couple of examples I thought about were two of my favorite stories, The Shawshank Redemption and Les Miserable. OR the character in stories like Pursuit of Happyness…characters who refuse to give up despite all the setbacks and hardships in their situation.
I love these stories. I also love how I can see Jesus, the man who joined us here on earth for time, as a perfect mixture of both an underdog story and a comeback story. Even though, in reality, he was a King and a Savior, He was treated more like an underdog.
The world saw Him as one because of the way he chose to live His life. He didn’t act the way any other King had ever acted before. Instead of demanding honor and a throne to sit on, he walked among the common folk and served them. The King chose to serve the real underdogs. The underdogs… who didn’t have a fighting chance at surviving had He not shown up on the scene.
And, I love how Jesus is an example of the ultimate comeback story. He was wrongly accused and convicted. He was tortured, yet in the end He was victorious. Nothing can top an empty grave!
What is your favorite comeback story or underdog story? I would love for you to share in the comments.