So, what is God's Story?
God has his story recorded in the books of the Bible throughout human history. It is God’s grand history and plan of saving and restoring humanity and his creation. It’s an ongoing story. In fact, we’re in it right now. God is inviting us to write his story together with us.
God’s Story is a drama to be lived.
The drama starts with God’s creating his world with his intention to bless. Not only that, He creates human beings to be in loving and trusting relationship with Him. Also, humans are God’s coworkers to share his task of ruling the entire creation with wisdom, justice, peace, and love.
But the first humans break trust and relationship with their God, and it brings sin into our world: broken relationships, pain, suffering, decay, loneliness, and death.
God starts his mission to save humanity from this curse by calling his people, Israel, and making covenant with them, however they keep falling into the same pattern of breaking the trust and relationship with God. It seems like God’s plan through Israel has failed.
Yet, Jesus is born in Israel, the long-awaited Messiah, the son of David, and he proclaims the good news of the coming God’s reign. He willingly dies on behalf of the world, bearing all sin and paying the debt entirely. He conquers the evil, the curse of sin and death, by perfect obedience to God and love. He then rises from the dead, the beginning of new creation!
Now those who believe in Jesus and confess Him as Lord are His church, the foretaste of God’s Kingdom in this world, and they are to join God’s mission of restoration and re-creation. They are to spread this good news of forgiveness of sin and restoration of all things to all nations.
And in God’s timing, Jesus the King will come back to gather his people, to judge the world completely, and destroy evil forever. New heavens and new earth will come where there’s no pain nor tears nor death. God will come home finally, and we will gaze upon the beauty of Him forever.
I believe that this is a beautiful story that answers our deepest questions of life most satisfyingly. It is a story of hope and love. Can you imagine yourself being in this story? You might not believe this story to be true yet, but I think this is a story that you would deeply want it to be true because it’s so beautiful and in line with all aspects of the realities of our life.
(For a bit more detailed version of God's Story, read The Drama of the Bible In Six Acts - excerpts from NIV, The Books of the Bible)