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    Shaped By a Story

    August 9, 2018 Tom Linderman
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    Shaped By a Story

    There was a popular show on TV a couple of years ago.  I completely missed seeing any of the episodes. Today, with the technology of cable companies, it is possible to watch old shows that might have been missed.  It’s been interesting to watch from the beginning this series I had never watched.  Rarely have I actually watched a series, though I still enjoy the Andy Griffith show! 

    This recent show I watched masterfully builds and leaves you in suspense wanting to see the next episode.  As the plot thickens, there are more subtle nuances that give “ah-ha” moments and makes the experience even more rewarding.

    Have you ever looked at the Bible as an unfolding true story?  The stage is set, everything is good and then the drama begins.  We learn the conflict brought on by sin.  The punishment for disobedience is death, and commands of God reveal that we need a savior. 

    It’s hard to imagine the years of faithfully offering sacrifices of animals in place of one’s own death.  When Jesus taught the law, he made it clear that we needed a sacrifice for our failings.

    Like a surprising twist in a storyline, the hero suddenly begins to reveal his own suffering fate!

    Just after the disciples witnessed Jesus with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9), Jesus explains how He will face suffering and rejection.  Looking back in history, Moses (the Law) and Elijah (the prophets) both anticipated this suffering Messiah.   The “ah-ha” moments repeat as the story unfolds and the final sacrifice is revealed to be God’s only Son given for our sins.  The whole story of history has been about Jesus.  He was hidden in the old covenant and revealed in the new covenant.

    Like a “new season opener” on TV, the story opens with the new covenant! The sacrificed Messiah is resurrected and His Spirit now lives in all who live by faith in this good news.  His grace given to us results in living with a new power.

    Philippians 2:13  “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

    The story of the Bible continues each day.  If you happen to watch a series on TV, it may be entertaining, but it can’t satisfy like the exciting and eternal story displayed for us in the Bible!  Today you can go back and marvel at any past “episode” in the Bible.  Be forewarned though, the Bible’s story can be life-changing.  You may decide to gather with friends to talk about it, comparing notes and even find that you are being shaped into a new person by the Bible’s story, the greatest story of all time.  

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