Imagine you are living in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, people had believed that the earth was the center of the universe, but a guy named Copernicus shows up and mathematically proves that the earth was NOT the center, but the sun. Talk about a game changer. What's more, with the core premise now correct, other discoveries began to happen. For the first time, the math worked and new understandings of the world began to explode. Here's the deal: the same thing is true in our spiritual lives. If we don't get the center right – the core premise – then we'll never be able to answer the big questions in life. The math will never work. However, when we get that right, then true life opens to us. The Biblical story reveals that the center is Jesus Christ. From the Old Testament to the gospels to the rest of the New Testament, the story points to Jesus as its foundational main character. Everything revolves around him. Naturally, people today don't care much to hear that. We want to be the center. (Copernicus spent a lot of time in jail because people didn't like it then, either.) However, our call and that of the church is to continue to proclaim the apex of human history – its cornerstone – is Jesus. When we get that right, the rest falls into place.
If you jump into a story in the middle, you will always be frustrated in trying to understand what is happening and why. You simply don't have all the information you need to answer the big questions. The same is true in life. The story of your life begins at God's creation in the beginning – and NOT in the middle – when you were born. However, when you go back to Creation and the Fall (Genesis 1-3), you will find the truth necessary to learn where you came from (a good and ordered God), why you are here (to be a co-creator in HIs ongoing Kingdom work), why the world is a mess (we want to be our own gods which break our relationship with God and others), and what God is actually doing to redeem and restore the world we see (empowering His Church by the Spirit to fulfill His purpose). What Adam and Eve failed to achieve in the original plan, the church is now fulfilling, being fruitful and multiplying His Kingdom. We work to restore the lost Shalom of Genesis 3 knowing that the story ends in the ultimate victory of Christ. It is a security-enriching truth that remains unknown… unless we go ALL the way back to the beginning.