History is my favorite subject because I love stories (hence my infatuation with the audio dramas of Adventures in Odyssey and Radio Theatre’s Narnia) and as Pawson says, “History is His Story”. We are born into a story and do everything under the overarching drama of it. Seeing that story gives our life great meaning, not because we are focused on ourselves and the details of our own personal callings, but because we are a part of something so transcending ourselves that to be caught up in the glory of it results in a joy far surpassing that which self-introspection and self-love provides. We love to exult in story and we will forever be caught up in exulting in the story of Christ, it is The Story that surpasses all stories.
Ephesians 2:7, “so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” Meaning: God, the Father of story-tellers, will sit down with us and will personally tell us the story of redemption forever; Jesus will take us on a walk with Him in Bethlehem and will show us where He was born, Mary will give testimony of her Son, David will show us how he took down Goliath, Adam will explain to us what the garden was like and talk about the tree of life. But more than that, in that day, we won’t be distant from the story, we will live it. We will walk in the same sacred garden of delight, we will eat from the same tree of life, we will touch the belly of the woman who bore God, our faith we be made sight as we will put our finger into Jesus’ hand and shout just as Thomas did, “My Lord and My God!” (John 20:26-31), we will personally see the victory of God over that Serpent of old, and we will see all nations bowing their knee to the Son of David as He defeats the Antichrist as he boastfully taunts the armies of the living God just like Goliath, and Christ will take His seat on the very same throne of David… I believe we will all have a place to share of telling that great story, whether through music, songs, poetry, art, design, etc. Forever we will do this. It will all be praise and exultation and forever we will be astounded with sheer awe and delight that we get to be apart of something far much greater than ourselves. We will discover anew that ALL THINGS are ours, we are the richest people who have ever lived, and the currency bestowed on us is Love Himself, “OH THE RICHES of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus!” We know in part now (1 Cor. 13:12)… It has not yet appeared as yet what we will be (1 John 3:2). We are a story waiting to be told.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:3-12 NASB)