The True Never Ending Story

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” -Mark 1:1

Everyone loves a good story: “Downton Abbey,” “The Lion King, Jurassic Park,” “Harry Potter” and thousands more. At its essence, story consists of characters, setting and plot. But these can be woven in unlimited patterns. Stories entertain. They create shared experiences and help shape identity. Stories teach values and behavior. Stories connect us to our roots and help us remember. Stories lift us beyond the routine of everyday life, inspire us and stretch our imaginations. In the best stories we get caught in the drama, we see the contours of our lives, we feel the emotions. Let's go there!

A boat in a powerful storm is sinking. The passengers fear death in the raging waters. Their leader, waking from sleep, speaks one word. “Silence!” Instantly, the waters are mirror-smooth. His display of unimaginable power over nature terrifies the men. “Who is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?” -Mark 4:41

The boat lands. A fearsome demon-possessed man rushes at them with uncontrollable violence. “Come out you unclean spirit!” their leader says. -Mark 5:8 

At his command the demons are cast into a herd of pigs and two thousand of the crazed animals rush over a cliff, drowning in the sea below. The man sits still, calm, sane and set free. Who is this who commands authority over the powers of evil?

Crossing the lake a woman desperately ill for twelve years, now broken and bankrupted from her disease, reaches out to touch the hem of their leader’s robe. The powers of Creation flow. The woman is instantly healed. Who is this whose touch heals disease? -Mark 5:25-29

A beloved daughter has died. Mourners have gathered. Their pitiful cries fill the air. “Do not fear,”Jesus says to her father. Stepping into the room, he speaks in the girl’s own language. “Hello, little one! You can wake up now.” -Mark 5:41 The girl rises from death. Who is this who with a few gentle words can turn death into life?

“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” -Mark 1:1

The long-promised savior, holding within His very being power over creation, evil, disease and death had come. What an amazing day! When I recognize my life in its pages — when I am convinced that this story is my story I am lifted out of my own time and space and set free. I recognize that my oddly shaped piece of life is not a mistake but it fits into a much larger and more reliable puzzle. 

All other stories grow old, cold and stale, but not The big story of the Bible. It tells of our God who, again and again, goes to great lengths to restore broken relationships and so much more.. The story is invitational and it is restorative and liberating.. Reading this neverending story shows me I have a community, a history, a future, and an Amazing God.

This true story, never ends and one day the powerful Lord of All will say to each one of us. “Time to wake up, Dear One!” And we will live with Him forever. 

Father God,, thank You that you are still living and active. I invite you to transform me and use me to share Your story with others again and again as you see fit. I love you. You are Amazing and Wonderful. Amen

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