While He was on earth, Jesus announced that the kingdom of God was at hand. Yet when He was raised from the dead and returned back to the Father, the apostles did not go with Him. With our eyes opened to the final act of God’s story, it is easy to lose sight of God’s purpose for us in this world. God is continuing His redemption mission here on earth. And His church, the ordinary, Spirit-empowered followers of Christ, is His Plan A and there is no Plan B.
After 400 years of silence, Jesus Christ entered into the world in flesh to live the perfect life that we cannot live and to die the death that we all deserve to die. He was the long-awaited fulfillment of the promised Redeemer. Many walked and knew Him yet very few believed in Him. He made a way for us to be reconciled with the Father through His death and resurrection.
In the midst of His judgment against the serpent, God set forth a plan to redeem fallen humanity. That plan eventually expressed itself into a promise to Abraham. He was promised to be great with descendants and a land of his own. But this blessing was meant beyond Abraham and his family. It was meant to be a blessing to the nations.
Even though God created the world perfect, Adam and Eve listened to the serpent and rebelled against God by eating the fruit. With sin comes judgment. Yet we also see God’s grace in initiating a plan for redemption to restore mankind to Himself.
Story is an important part of our lives. We watch movies, TV shows and we read novels. We love stories because stories inspire us to hope and reveal to us our deep needs. The Bible is more than just commands, rules and doctrines. It is the story of God that includes us in it. In order to find meaning and purpose in life, we must first look in the story of God.