Every Language Arts teacher will tell you that a complete story has a beginning, middle, and end. The history of mankind has already been written, including the end. It’s only a matter of deciding if you believe God’s version or man’s version as exemplified by Stephen Hawking’s warnings. (see link below)
I believe the story of mankind is the story of Jesus. Each of us plays a part in that story, and if you believe in Jesus, your life becomes a testament to his life, death, and resurrection. Your story, in fact, becomes His story. (See Her Story, His Story.)
It’s all about Jesus. From the dawn of mankind, God predicted the role of the Savior–to defeat the evil one. (Genesis 3:15) Satan would “bruise his heel,” but Eve’s descendant would “bruise his head.”
God’s words to Adam and Eve were only the beginning of all the prophecies predicting the arrival of Jesus, his ministry, his death, and his resurrection. There are so many, in fact, that they can’t be included here.
Afterward, the history mentioned in the Bible led up to or away from the advent of Jesus, including the kingdoms predicted in Daniel 2, in which he predicted the establishment of the kingdom of God through Christ:
“ As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” Daniel 2:43-45
It’s significant that the kingdom of God, those claiming the name of Christ, has spread to nearly all nations of man. Far greater than a nation with physical boundaries is the rule of one man, Jesus, and his teachings. He announced the fulfillment of the prophecies in his hometown of Nazareth, much to the wrath and indignation of those present, as recorded by Luke 4:21: “ And he began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’”
Jesus foretold the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in Luke 21, and we can take it as a double prophecy, a preview of the destruction of Earth at the time of judgment. This is born out in the Revelation of Jesus as recorded by John with more detail.
As a side note to my fellow Christians: Don’t listen to anyone who predicts the end of the world on such-and-such a date; this is contrary to Jesus’ teaching. He clearly says that that day is not known, except by God. “‘“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.'” Matthew 24:36 Those who claim this knowledge bring ridicule and dishonor on the church. Also, there are those who endlessly teach about signs of the end, trying to interpret current events in relation to the prophecies in Revelation. This is a foolish practice. It should be sufficient to say that we are in the end times, and our focus should be on reflecting the life-giving power of Christ to a dying world.
Our Story, His Story
Let your story be about Jesus. See your life through the lens of being part of a much larger story that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Your life has a greater, higher purpose in Christ.
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