Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, set apart for the Gospel of God, which he promised before hand through the prophets in the holy scriptures. Romans 1:2
Nearly every time Paul gave a defense for the Gospel, he didn’t start with the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Since most of his accusers were Jewish leaders, he was intent on showing them that Jesus was connected to their scriptures, the fulfillment of their law. The Torah, which they embraced and knew front to back, had predicted his coming. God was not only the Alpha and Omega, but the God of the in-between. Nothing was random, nothing was haphazard, but each event in history was a meticulously conceived plan according to the wisdom of a Sovereign God.
Why was this important to the Jews? Because it’s hard for any of us to completely leave everything familiar and embark on something new. And it wasn’t necessary where the Jews were concerned though it might have felt like that. They held the Torah in their hands, the writings of the prophets, the revelation of Jesus Christ. To believe on Him was to complete their faith, to be as Abraham looking ahead for the Lamb of God and finding Him in Jesus.
God is the consummate storyteller. The revelation of Jesus in Bethlehem was connected to the plot line in Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. Everything in between followed God’s storyline. May I not be like the Jews who failed to recognize Jesus when He stood in front of them. As He orders the events of my day, I ask for the eyesight to see His fingerprints.
In God’s plotline, there is no such thing as wasted. Not even our mistakes. Our lives, like those of our heroes in scripture, are messy and unpredictable. Though we know the end of their stories, the redemptive twists and turns still take us by surprise. We are encouraged that God was there in their victories but also still there in the parts of their stories that were less than stellar. No dark thread is rejected for the finished tapestry.
After all these years, I am beginning to love my storyline because it is woven into Yours. Amen