From glory to glory in Christ alone

Like all stories, there is a beginning, middle, and an end. Every story has its hero and villain. Every story has its damsel in distress who needs saving at the last possible second with impossible odds to beat in order to save her. Most of these stories end as happily ever after, while others, a tragic end. Nevertheless, stories have always captivated us by their uniqueness and the ability to paint a picture of a story worthy of our attention. Upon this contemplation, one could look at every single story ever written or told and draw one single conclusion: Stories in and of itself, draws from the same organic body of the bible. While the stories don’t resemble the bible completely, however, the stories carry the same ideological makeup of the bible. However, no matter how many attempts authors have made to re-created one of the bible’s most prominent story lines, authors have fail to create a story line as compelling, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, glory filled, as the story of Christ.

When we peel back the curtains at creation, we see the creation of man and woman to whom would belong in direct relationship with the creator. This relationship was comparable to that of a father and his children. The creator loved his creation and his creation loved their creator. However, as we learn later on in the creation story, creation allowed doubt and deceit to influence its fall from grace and the subsequent banishment from the garden of grace and beauty (also known as Eden). Creation had lost its creator, and the creator could not be in direct relationship with his creation. Yet, in this tragic fall from grace, in disconnect from its creator, creation’s redemption would soon be revealed by a strongly worded statement and a kind gesture from its creator.

I believe there is no other story in the world that can resonate with the human heart then the story of the Creator loving his creation so much that he would be willing to leave glory, and allow himself to subjected to the burden, weight, and pain of the sins of the world, in order that his creation might be reconnected to its creator. It is a story that for centuries, authors, storytellers, and songwriters have tried to capture in a small ounce. What have resulted have been some of the most beautiful, yet tragic retelling of this story. As a follower of Christ, I am forever and always drawn to the beauty of this story. When the depth of my depravity, the undeniable need of a savior, and the gracious call to life in Jesus come my way, this story took on a whole new meaning. Just as all stories have them, there’s a beginning, middle, and end.

Life…

Death…

Resurrection…

The life of Christ is keenly important to followers of Christ. For the sake of his creation, the creator left glory to dwell in the sinful, disconnect flesh of man in order to live out the law (Mosaic Law) perfectly in order to take the wrath in which we (creation) deserved in order that the creator could redeem and reconnect to himself, his creation. So Christ, who was fully divine and fully man, live life to the fullest in display of every human being. In this life, Christ displayed grace, compassion, love, mercy, and truth in his daily life. He was the perfect example of what creation’s original purpose of living was suppose to be.

He was filled with grace…

He was filled with truth…

He was filled with love…

Because of the fallen state of creation, the creator could not reconnect to his creation without displaying his wrath for the disobedience. Sin demands death, and death demands bloodshed. However, the creator’s righteousness also coincided with his love for his creation. This was, is, and has always been the purpose of Christ.

He is our redeemer…

He is our sustainer…

He is our savior…

In Christ alone, the creation has it way to reconnect to its creator. In Christ alone, the creator has his way of redeeming his creation to himself and reconnecting. What’s more beautiful is the fact that there is absolutely nothing in this world or the world to come that could now separate the creator love from his creation. As Paul writes to the Roman Church, “…nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Our ability to continue to live in this fallen state, our ability to love our enemies, our ability to lead a life filled with grace, truth, and love is only able to be accomplished thru the redeeming power of Christ who lives in us. As Paul tells the church in Galatia, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

May you know the story that resonates with the human heart…

May you know the depth of your disconnect from your creator…

May you know the unrelenting love of your creator…

May you know the depth to which Christ went to, to save you…

May you know that In Christ Alone, all your hopes are found…

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