Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spoiler Alert!

"Do not be afraid! Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." (Matthew 28:10)
“Galilee is the place where the disciples were first called, where everything began! The apostles were to return there, to the place where they were originally called. . . To return to Galilee means to . . . re-read everything—Jesus’ preaching, his miracles, the new community, the excitement and the defections, even the betrayal—to re-read everything starting from the end, which is a new beginning, from this supreme act of love.”
My husband always says, “We are Easter people! We know the end of the story—because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, we win!”
Reading the Bible with this knowledge in mind can change our whole perspective on what we find there. That ultimate victory lies just beneath the surface of every word—even the accounts found in the Old Testament. Reading God’s Word, knowing that Jesus has delivered us from sin and death, allows us to see the love and hope ever-present throughout its pages.
For me, once I believed God’s Good News of salvation for my own self, the Bible became alive and active, just as God described it in Hebrews 4:12. Previously, when I had tried to read the Bible, I found it dry and confusing, bogged down with people, places, and events that seemed disconnected from the present.
Now, knowing the full story and the victory Jesus won for ALL of us, I can see the thread of salvation from Genesis to Revelation. The stories and lessons make sense because I can see how they lead up to the cross, making them totally relevant to my walk with Jesus.
How does the “spoiler alert” of knowing Jesus overcame sin and death, and lives today, affect your reading of God’s Word?

©2016 Pamela D. Williams