In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:1-3, NASB)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17, NASB)
A few years ago, I wrote a children’s story called Once Upon a Spring Break. The story centered around a young boy named Travis Bennett. During a spring break, when all his friends have gone away with their families, Travis is stuck at home. When his mom sends him to the library to take out a book to read to occupy his time, Travis happens upon an old, musty book of fairy tales. He begins to read it, only to find the stories are all mixed up. Through an old man named Max, Travis soon learns that, in order to restore the stories, someone needs to enter the book, to enter the stories. And that someone is Travis.
Our story, the story of mankind, is one that has gotten mixed up. Through the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, sin came into the world and changed the story that was originally intended for us, a story in which we would live eternally in the presence of God. Sin made it impossible for us to live in God’s presence and, because all of us are sinners and all of us fall short of the glory of God, we needed a Savior, someone who could restore our story. So, God sent a Savior into our story. But this Savior was not just anyone, it was the Author of our story, the Word of God. The Savior was God’s Son, Jesus, who entered our story as a tiny baby over two thousand years ago. Jesus entered our story and by dying on a cross, He provided a way to fix our story.
When we believe in Jesus, believe that He died for us and rose from the grave, and we choose to turn from our sin and follow Him, our story is restored. Because through Jesus, the Word of God and the Author of our story, we can once again live eternally in God’s presence.
Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.