There are certain stories that never get old. There are books I can read multiple times with joy. Movies I can watch over and over again. What I love about them isn’t just about characters or plots. It’s about the construction of the story—how did the author make it make sense? How does each step make logical sense?
But there’s something else about it that makes it all make sense: I, like all people, am a storyteller. When I share information, it’s through stories. When I hear about my wife’s day, it’s through stories. And much of what God has to say to us comes in the form of a story, too. A story He’s been telling since creation began.
The greatest story ever
A story that began in a garden, where the first humans were given the responsibility of representing God’s rule in all creation. But they abdicated their role because they believed a lie which sent their descendants into a tailspin of sadness, sin, and death and pulled the entire universe down with them.
But God wasn’t done. From almost the moment of their sin, God began to tell them that the story wasn’t over. He gave them a promise of a son who would crush the head of the deceiver. And then they waited. And as time went on and their descendants filled the earth, God continued to echo this promise, and slowly revealed who this Promised One would be.
In the praise of the psalmists and the proclamation of the prophets, in hints and shadows through the actions of his people, he was there. And all of it building to the moment when the Promised One would finally arrive—the climax of the story—in the coming of Jesus into the world.
The familiar story that never gets old
For those of us who’ve been Christians for any significant amount of time, the details are familiar. The Christmas story and beyond are well known. We read of his coming, of the angels announcing his birth to shepherds, of being baptized by John the Baptist, his countless run-ins with the religious leaders of his day, of teaching with authority, performing amazing miracles, forgiving sins, commanding demons, and even raising the dead!
You know all this. You’re familiar with it. And it’s because we’re familiar with it that we risk neglecting it. We forget that the Author is the most talented author of all. That there is always something new to find when we read it, something to encourage or challenge us. Something to grow us in our affection for Jesus and inspire us to live in obedience to him.
Every time we come to this story—the biblical story—we have the opportunity to explore it with fresh eyes, as we examine the Gospels with our eyes on the gospel. We can read of Jesus befriending Zacchaeus, and see it was not because he was a righteous man, but because Jesus comes for the unrighteous, and rejoice. That by the same power and authority he gave sight to the physically blind, he lets spiritually blind people see their need for a savior—and who that savior is. That by raising people from the dead, Jesus reminded us that he is the one who has power over death and that in him is eternal life!
That’s the familiar story. But it’s a story that never really gets old if we keep our focus where it needs to be. When we focus on the gospel in the Gospels, Lord willing, we’ll never become bored. We’ll never become apathetic. Instead, we will see this story change our lives, and strengthen us as we live the mission Christ has called each of us to: to go into all the world and make disciples.
Today, in the first of three giveaways I’ll be hosting this Christmas, I’m giving away one complete set of resources from The Gospel Project: The Rescue Begins for all ages. The Rescue Begins marks the beginning of the curriculum’s journey into the New Testament and is a great jumping on point for any ministry. The prize pack includes a copy of the Leader Kits and Leader Guides available for each age group as well as a sample of the Personal Study Guide or Activity Pages you would want to order for each child, student or group member The winner will receive the following:
- For Adults – a Leader Guide, Leader Pack, and Personal Study Guide
- For Students – a Leader Guide, Leader Pack, and Personal Study Guide
- For Preschoolers – Leader Kit (which is also the leader guide for babies and toddlers), Activity Pages, and Poster Pack
- For Kids – Leader Kit (includes resources for “younger kids” and “older kids” groups) Activity Pages, and Poster Pack
- Timeline Posters for all age groups
How do you enter? Use the handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget below.