Do you know The Story? The ultimate narrative, the one that really matters is the true story of God, the death of His son Jesus Christ, and the ultimate rescue of man. It’s the Gospel.
In case you’ve never heard it, this is a brief plot synopsis of The Story. But really, this Story is much too important to simply skim over. So, if you’ve never heard the story or if have questions, please feel free to contact me or check out some of the other resources at the bottom of the page!
This story starts with God, who is kind of like Superman, except infinitely more powerful, loving, and righteous. What I mean is that God, similar to Clark Kent, has multiple different forms. Through out this story, He is God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but He is always the same. He has always been and always will be. He is the same today, tomorrow, and forever just as He was before time began.
Sound confusing? It’s because God is beyond anything we can fully comprehend and that is a really good thing. Let me ask you this – Do you really want to live for a god who’s only as powerful, loving, and holy as our finite brains can understand? I hope not.
My prayer is that you will join me in the exciting journey of learning more and more about God’s character! I hope you will have the opportunity to experience the absolute joy that comes with pursing an active relationship with our Creator.
So let’s get to the story…
Once Upon a Time
In the beginning God, created the heavens and the earth simply by speaking them into existence. He created day and night. He produced the vast oceans and tall mountains and fashioned tall trees, yellow daisies and pink peonies. He created every kind of animal, from playful monkeys and lazy hippos to creepy crawlies and livestock. And at the crescendo of His week of creating, God created man and women — Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve lived together with God in paradise and in perfect harmony. In the Garden of Eden there was no sickness, no sadness, and no sin. And there was just one divine command – do not eat the fruit from the tree of Good and Evil. Like all of His commands, God set this rule to protect us, because He deeply loves us.
Well, one day in Paradise, thanks to the manipulative words of a slimy snake (Satan), Eve ate the apple. She also gave some to her husband, Adam, and he sank his teeth into the forbidden fruit. When they did this, they knowingly disobeyed the one rule God had set. Because of their disobedience, everything changed.
You see, God is perfectly just and 100% righteous. There had to be a consequence for their action, and that consequence was sin. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God for the first time, sin entered the world and the hearts of creation, including Adam and Eve. Sin has been passed down through generations ever since. It has infested and ravaged this world and it is the cause of greed, war, poverty, disease, and death. But the most tragic consequence of sin, is eternal separation from God, for all of us. Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Not one of us has escaped the path of it’s destruction and rule over our lives.
Depressing, right? Don’t stop reading, please!
Thankfully, when God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden He left them with hope of a rescue. He promised that one day a son of Eve would crush Satan and ultimately restore the intimacy man and God once had. (Gen. 3:15)
God spent the next centuries preparing the way for this Savior to enter the world. He sprinkled prophesy about Our Rescuer all through the Scriptures and used flawed but faithful men and women like Abraham, Joseph, Esther, David, Mary, and hundreds more to fulfill His grand plan of redemption. Despite mankind’s failures and consistent disobedient, God never forgot His love for us. Not once.
Then finally, when the time was exactly right, God humbled himself in the most amazing way possible. He became human in the form of a sweet baby named Jesus. Jesus Christ was born miraculously to a virgin named Mary and lived his entire life perfectly obeying God with out sin.
Jesus spent his life telling stories about the love of God and His deep desire for people to know His Father so that they “may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Many of those stories, or parables, were recorded in the Bible by his disciples. (I hope you will read them. The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 is one of my favorite groups of stories and wisdom that Jesus shares in the Bible.)
Because we did not understand Him, man eventually rejected Him. Jesus Christ, was scorned, beaten, spit on, and ultimate killed. He willingly allowed Himself to undergo the lowliest punishment of that era – crucifixion. He hung on a cross from nails and died a very slow, humiliating, and agonizing death. In this great act of mercy, just as God had planned, Jesus sufficiently paid for the sin’s of mankind.
Remember, Jesus was fully God, just like Superman is fully Clark Kent. Jesus Christ had the ability to free Himself from that cross at any moment, but instead He suffered for our sake. I cannot even fathom the amount of love, humility, and grace that it took for Him to take on every ounce of the punishment that we deserve!
But the story does not end there… After Jesus died on the cross his body was sealed in a tomb, as was the custom of the day. Three days after His excruciating death, Jesus rose from the dead and rolled away the stone of that tomb. In doing so, He defeated death (the consequence of sin) and provided a way for those who will accept the gift, to receive eternal life and restored intimacy with God!
To those who place their faith in Jesus Christ, God promises forgiveness of sins, reconciliation to God, and eternal life in Heaven (Romans 5:6-10). He promises freedom from the bondage of sin (1 John 1:9), the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16), strength in difficult times (Isaiah 41:10), the Lord’s provision for our needs (Matthew 6:25-32), rest for our weary souls (Matthew 11:28-29), God’s comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), peace that transcends our circumstances (Philippians 4:6-7) and the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).
God does not promise that we will be exempt from adversity on earth or that we will no longer be tempted by sin but He does insure that we will have help in times of trouble (Psalms 46:1-3) and a way of escape when we are tempted (1 Corinthians 10:13). He does not promise a life free of pain, heartache, and persecution here on earth, but He guarantees that our life stories will be rich and deeply purposeful (John 10:10).
Important Note: While good works and obedience are certainly a byproduct of a new life in Christ, they are not what leads to salvation. We were never capable of saving ourselves.
Someday, Jesus Christ will return to earth to finally crush Satan and take us to a new earth. In the new world, there will be no more sickness, no more pain, no more heartbreak, and no more sin. Revelations 21:3-4 says that God himself will be with us, and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.” Those who place their faith in the saving power of Jesus Christ alone, will be invited to live in community with God for Eternity!
Your Part in the Story
You are invited by the Creator of the Universe to be a part of this amazing story. Here is a simple way you can embrace this invitation:
- Simply admit that you need God
- Prayerfully ask Him to forgive you and help you turn away from sin
- Trust that Jesus Christ is the only one who can truly rescue you
- Begin pursing an active relationship with your Savior
Please contact me if I can help answer specific questions. I don’t know all the answers but I love to talk about our Savior and would love to share with you how accepting His invitation to be apart of this Story has changed my life!