Even Better Than Eden: Introduction
As I mentioned in my previous post, my son and I went through all the Narnia series with some friends this year. Each book focused on a particular character: Edmund, Eustace, Jill, Shasta, Digory.
However, if you step back, you will see that they actually really center around Aslan, the Jesus figure in the story. His story weaves them all together.
So it is with the Bible. We may have favorite Bible stories: Creation, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Daniel, or the miracles of Jesus. It is easy for us to focus on the stars of these stories and completely miss the real “star” of the show, Christ Himself.
If you remember this from high school, you get brownie points!
The Bible follows a plot line like this too.
Every week, we will see this story repeated through the lens of various themes so it may help for you to have a sense of this historical story. To know where you are going, it helps to know where we fit in the story.
We are not the center of the story. And this is a humbling but important point. Christ alone is the only focus of this story. He is the hero; we are not. (Nancy Guthrie does a great job explaining this in her talk at the CCEF conference, which I actually was able to attend last year in person! If you’d like to here it click here.)
Yet this does not mean that we have no part in the story either, for we have entered it. It does mean that His Story overshadows, defines, and reinterprets our own. Just like Aslan ties all the chronicles together, so Jesus ties all of our life stories into His.
So my prayer for you is that you will understand that connection and then use it to understand and make sense of your own life. God bless you on this journey with Him.