12 I will walk around among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt’s land—who brought you out from being Egypt’s slaves. I broke your bonds and made you stand up straight. Leviticus 26:12-13, CEB
We’re starting to gear up for the Behold the Lamb of God concert here at NSC. It’s only a few days away and it’s one of our favorite things that happens all year. We’re also gearing up for Christmas. We always do these things at the same time because, after all, BTLOG is a Christmas concert. The show is split into two parts. The first part has each of the musicians playing songs “in the round”. Basically, they just take turns playing their own songs. The second part is a musical retelling of the coming of Christ. But, rather than simply starting with Mary and Joseph and ending with the cross, as we so often do, Andrew starts in Genesis and takes us through to revelation.
Because, crazy as this may sound, the story of Jesus is really bigger than Jesus himself. The story of Jesus is one event, granted, it’s the most important event, in the story of God’s relationship with the world.
When you read a book, where do you start? Do you pick it up in chapter 7? Of course you don’t, crazy pants. You start at the beginning and read straight through to the end. If you read at all. And if you finish your books. Many of us don’t.
Unfortunately we’re often given the abridged version of God’s story, but the problem is when we start the story with Mary and Joseph we’re already about three-quarters of the way through. Jesus, who he is, why he came, and what he accomplished, would actually make quite a bit more sense if we started at the beginning of the story rather than just with our favorite part.
That’s what Andrew is trying to do with the Behold the Lamb of God concert. That’s what we’re going to be trying to do with the devotionals this month. It’s going to be an abridged version, but hopefully the abridged version will have a beginning, middle, and end. Just like a real story.