This Christmas season I released a novel about the creation, Fallen: A Biblical Story of Good and Evil. In this tale, based upon the early chapters of Genesis, God puts his eternal plan into motion when His Son crafts the cosmos, the firmament, and the first humans.

God’s plan of redemption was already in place before He even began, for He created us with self-awareness, creativity, curiosity, and the freedom to make our own decisions. Our disobedience was simply a matter of time.

Fallen-Twitter-1Simultaneous to my book launch, while my mind is occupied with the beginning of God’s story, I am also studying the end of His story.

I find myself halfway through the book of Revelation, drawing near the close of a twelve-year chronological inductive study through the entire New Testament. Immersing myself in God’s Word in the order in which it was written has transformed me, changing my behavior and instilling a deeper and broader understanding of God’s love and His work in the world.

When my book launched, I happened to be studying the triumphant passages we heard sung at our city’s holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15b).

nativity Gerard_van_Honthorst_001God’s story is a tale of passionate love, betrayal, destruction, redemption, and ultimate victory. The Author’s story tugs at our heart strings, wooing us to the One who didn’t use His position as God to His own advantage. Rather He came down to become one of us, making the short bloody journey into our world as we all do and exiting bloodier than He entered.

This Hero God laid down His life for the Beloved, rescued the Bride, rose from the dead, and threw wide His arms to welcome us into His family.

resurrected ChristThis is the story arc we love, the most powerful plot in fiction and filmmaking – the sacrificial hero, the rescue, and the amazing victory. We’re drawn to this theme repeatedly, because this is the arc of God’s story. Its attraction is woven into our DNA.

We want to be wooed like this, and the passionate Lover God fulfills the greatest desire of our hearts by pursuing us to win us for His own.

This is why I wrote my book, to show God’s love that includes the sacrifice of the Lover and the victory and gaining of the Beloved.

I’m thrilled to contemplate Jesus’ birth and His victory as I launch a tale of the dawn of time. My investigation of Revelation fills me with peace. God will bring us safely through, no matter what lies ahead. This is His plan, and it will be carried to fruition for our good and His glory.

In this world of conflict and violence, there is hope. We need not fear. The Victor has won, and He will bring us safely home!

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