Genesis 1:1 reads
“In the beginning God…”
What follows is the truth of God pursuing His relationship with people. It is the truth of the condition of mankind and our need for someone to intercede, to help us, to restore us, to complete us. What follows on the pages of the Bible is our struggle and defeat and God’s grace and victory over and over again. It all began with God and God wins.
I did something last night – again – that I had shared in the sermon this weekend. I was surprised when I shared it, particularly from the 10:00 AM crowd, at the number of people shaking their heads that it was exactly the wrong thing to do.
Nevertheless, last night, I did it again.
I was reading an old John Grisham book called A Painted House. I got to page 303 and the truck was gone and Luke knew what happened. I wanted to know what happened. It was late and I couldn’t stay up. Page 388 is the very last page of the book. After I read it, I was like, “Yes!” I felt much better. I won’t ruin it for you, but I had to know! It’s never okay with me until I know it is going to be okay.
The very last word in the Bible is the word Amen. Amen is used in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. It means “So Be It.” It is a word of affirmation. God wins. If you were to take the very beginning of the Bible and pair it with the very end of the Bible, it would be these words “In the beginning God…Amen.” From the beginning to the very end, there will always be one thing we can know: God is true. God is good. God is victorious. It’s all going to be okay because the end of the book has confirmed it for us. So Be It.
In the beginning God… What is going to happen? Does God’s plan hold up? Has God revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ? Has Jesus Christ made a way for us to be reconciled to God? Is Jesus Christ coming again to bring us to a place that He has prepared?