by Roger Thomas

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It's Not Over Yet (1 of 5)
Series: End Times Survival Manual
Roger Thomas
Acts 2:22-24, 36-38

Introduction: We had it won. I was sure of it. It was the eighth inning of the sixth game of the National League Playoffs. The Cubs had a 3-0 lead. The team was five outs from their first World Series appearance in fifty-eight years. Every die-hard Cub fan could taste the sweet nectar of victory. The curse was finally over. We had it won. But it wasn't over yet. That's when the fan grabbed the foul ball just as leftfielder Moises Alou was about to catch it. The Marlins went on to score and then take the lead. My Cubbies totally collapsed. They lost that game and the next. The Marlins, not the Cubs, went to the 2003 World Series and won! I had thought it was over!

I wasn't the first to make that mistake. In 1948 Thomas Dewey had the presidential election all wrapped up. Everyone said so. The top political experts, according to a Newsweek poll, said Dewey had a hundred more electoral votes than he needed to win. Newspapers all across the country predicted a landslide for the Republican candidate. Life Magazine captioned a picture of Dewey, "The New President." The Chicago Tribune already had the headline printed "Dewey Defeats Truman."

On election night, Dewey stayed up late working on his acceptance speech. Truman spent the night in Excelsior Springs, MO. Reports say he ate a ham sandwich, drank a glass of milk, and then went to bed, convinced he had lost. They were both wrong. Everybody thought it was over! That wasn't the first time somebody made that mistake.

It was a cool spring night in the city. Caiaphas went to bed early. It had been a long day. It had been a long week. The Jewish High Priest had been up before day break that Friday to hear the case of the Galilean. It had all taken place under the cover darkness to keep his followers from getting wind of what was afoot and incite a riot. The trial went just as pl ...

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