The Story: Week 22

Note: At North Baptist Church we are currently on a 31 week journey through the entire Bible. Called The Story, this journey finds us discussing the same Bible passage in our personal reading time, the sermon, Adult Bible Fellowships, and Small Groups. I figured I would post a few thoughts each week as I go through my lesson prep.

Little Town of BethlehemAs we have progressed through the last 21 weeks of The Story, we have seen all the steps God has taken to redeem mankind from the effects of sin. Despite all the twists and turns of the Lower Story, God’s Upper Story plan of redemption is still on course. This week, there is some major movement in that plan.

In an unremarkable stable, found in an insignificant town at the edge of the Roman Empire, a baby was born to a young couple. This scene had likely happened countless times throughout the years, but this birth was different. Divine messengers had visited the family several times before the birth. An angelic army broke in to spontaneous worship as they announced the birth to the locals. Even nature tipped its hat to this baby, providing an astronomical sign to mark the occasion, a sign which Eastern astrologers followed to meet this baby.

Perhaps the angelic response to this birth (Luke 2:8–14) gives us the best glimpse as to the importance of this baby. These angels had seen how the Father had worked in human history up until then. They had seen the failures of men in the Lower Story. They also knew that this was a world-changing event: the immortal God took on flesh and became a man. They might not have known all the details, but they knew that this was how God’s Upper Story was working to bring salvation to man (Luke 2:11). That’s why the heavenly army broke into spontaneous praise to God: they had finally seen the Savior enter the divine story!

Join us this week in ABF as we look at the significance of the introduction to John’s Gospel, and how it highlights God’s Upper Story.

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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