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Jesus at the Center: Understanding God’s Story

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“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” Luke 24:27 (NIV).

Understanding God’s Story …

The Bible is one big Story composed of many smaller stories in two testaments. The account begins with God creating the world and placing the first man and woman in His garden to tend and enjoy it. It ends with Him making a new world as a final destiny for humanity redeemed. Between these bookends, God connects with Israel and then with Israel and the world in Jesus.

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The climax of this grand narrative is Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension. He’s not merely a character in the story but the long-awaited Messiah, the very embodiment of God’s love and faithfulness. His presence is transformative, redeeming, restoring, and liberating. Paradoxically, many Israelites rejected Him, making it possible for the outsiders (Gentiles) to become insiders. In an unsurpassed act of grace, Jesus opened the door to abundant life and resurrection life, inviting both Jews and Gentiles into an eternal relationship with God.

Jesus’s coming filled out the details of the Old Testament. While no crucial new truths emerge in the New Testament, new things happen as the story progresses. These new things flesh out the truth, helping us understand the story more fully. Remarkably, the ending recapitulates the beginning, with what originally went wrong being made right. Thus, to fully understand the story, the end must be considered, taking the beginning into account.

The teaching interwoven throughout the narrative is not a linear progression but an accumulation. Each part of the story should be understood in the context of the whole. In other words, the New Testament should be interpreted in the light of the Old Testament and vice versa. Each Testament enriches our understanding of the other, not just in deciphering specific texts but in considering their implications within the broader narrative. Ultimately, the entire story connects us with God from its beginning to its end.

Please comment. What are your thoughts about understanding God’s Story?

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