Have you ever tried writing a story?
If you have, you’ll know that it’s important to set out the beginning, the middle and the end. Lose one of the three, and your story will suck.
Without a beginning a story has no explanation; people you don’t know are doing things you don’t understand in an unclear location and with no context whatsoever. Without an end a story is pointless! Characters may be introduced, relationships develop and the plot might thicken, but there’ll be no resolution, no closure, just dissatisfaction.
Imagine any trilogy you like without parts one and three. Pretty frustrating, right? Well, that’s what life can sometimes feel like; we appear in the middle of a story and may very well die before it reaches a conclusion. Death is more annoying than anything else, isn’t it?
‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God. (Revelation 1:8a)
[Jesus said,] ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ (Revelation 22:13)
The Bible tells us clearly that just as Alpha and Omega begin and end the Ancient Greek alphabet, the beginning and end of our story is God himself. Without God we have no context or explanation for life; naturalistic science may be able to hint towards how things happen, but have no hope for telling us why. But in Christ we have a cause and a reason for living; we understand why we’re here.
Without God we have no certainty about the future; we only need to look at the credit crunch to see that every other foundation we build our lives on is flawed, inconsistent and unpredictable. But in Christ our future is secure. An eternity of infinite joy and peace is guaranteed.
What if we thought, and acted, as if it were all about Jesus?