Think of a movie you love and a scene will come to mind, an iconic scene that is seared into your brain.
Scarlet declaring, “With God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
ET trying to heal Eliot’s supposed knife wound.
The silhouette of Indiana Jones putting his hat on.
Luke Skywalker and the two suns of Tatooine.
These scenes are important to us because they remind us of a great story. Without a great story they are just images, flickering lights on a big screen.
Literary critics direct us to what they consider great writing. They are impressed by language, by the choice of words. But if words overshadow story you have just pretty words, black marks on white paper. It is story that compels, that inspires, that changes us.
Walt Disney recognized this. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella. All great stories. Otherwise those movies would have been great technical achievements and nothing else.
The gospel is story, the greatest story of all time. It is like an intricate 3D puzzle with every piece fitting precisely in with every other piece. At the same time it’s stunningly breathtakingly simple.
The Father devised the story. The Son lived out the story. The Holy Spirit has continued the story to this day. One day I became part of the story. And every day all around the world others become part of the story.
How about you? Are you part of the story?