16th February 2014

The Ultimate Love Story 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.”
(John 3:16-17 NIV UK)
 

If the word ‘princess’ appears in a book title, I know my wife and daughter are going to buy it. They love princess stories. 

We all love stories. It’s an easy way to learn and a very effective way to teach. Princeton University researchers have discovered that storytellers cause the brains of their listeners to operate in sync with their own. Groups of specialised neurons called ‘mirror neurons’ exist opposite each other in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This makes it possible for us to participate vicariously in what someone else is experiencing, to tune in to each other’s feelings, to live ‘inside’ the minds of others. 

Every human life is a unique story. Over seven billion different stories going on all at once. Every minute, new human stories are beginning in birth and old ones are winding down in death. Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, says, “We live in a narrative, we live in a story. We have a beginning and an end, we have a plot, we have character.” 

It would seem that story is the language of the heart. Our lives are not just a series of impersonal calculations. Rather, we experience the images and emotions of a dramatic narrative. 

And each of our stories has its own context, culture and time in history. No matter when we live, or where we live, we are all part of a bigger story. The Bible introduces us to that story. God is the ultimate author and the ultimate storyteller. In the books of the Bible he tells us of the relationship he has had with us—a relationship that actually began before creation and was consummated in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. 

It is sad that so many use the Bible as a rulebook, or even as a weapon, to instil fear and lay guilt on themselves and others. The Bible is a love story. It is the story of God’s love for us individually and collectively. We are given an overview of the entire plot in John 3:16-18. These verses have been called the story of the Bible in a nutshell. The God of the universe has made our story his story, by entering into it himself, reconciling us to himself that we might receive from him life eternal. Truly, no greater love story has ever been told. 

Prayer
Righteous Father, our story is bound up in your story; we are integral to your plan. Thank you for revealing yourself to us in ways we can understand and relate to. Jesus’s name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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