“Sometimes our gospel is just too small. If we’re not careful, we can take a story about Jesus rescuing creation and reduce it into a story about ourselves…But the biblical gospel, the real one, is a stunning mosaic of GodStories. It’s about sins forgiven, shame removed, beauty restored and meaning reinstated. It’s about God’s kingdom, his mission, his temple and his victory. It’s an epic love story that starts with betrayal and ends with a wedding, but it’s also a thriller where the hero fights to save the world against impossible odds. It’s massive. It’s a sweeping drama of GodStories from start to finish.”
If you want to understand the Gospel more, GodStories by Andrew Wilson is a great place to start. In fifty-six short reflections, he highlights different aspects of the Gospel and explains their significance. Covering the full span of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, he illustrates how God is the hero of every story, and how every part of it is important in understanding the good news of what God has done.
He ties the stories within the Bible together into one big story, showing how Jesus’ work is foreshadowed in the Old Testament for example, through the Passover, the Day of Atonement and the Ark of the Covenant.
He also traces themes through the Bible showing the unity of its message, for example the theme of God walking: with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with Enoch, Abraham and Moses, with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace, walking as a man on earth in Jesus and walking with us each day by the Holy Spirit.
“God is a God who walks. He sent a Spirit who walks. And in Jesus, he walked a mile in our shoes so we could walk in his.”
In addition to this book explores theological terms such as justification by faith, sanctification and penal substitution and explains them in a way that is accessible. If, like me, you are interested in theology but struggle with theoretical, academic books, this book is ideal. Wilson uses everyday examples and metaphors to make his point in a way that is entertaining and understandable- and that leads to worship.
Each reflection is only about four pages long- ideal for reading one each day as part of a time of devotions- and it is worth taking time to reflect on each chapter as, while it is easy to read and understand, there is also a depth to the content.
I found this book a great reminder that God is the hero of every story- every story in the Bible, but also every one of our stories.
“He is the main character, the climax, the resolution, and indeed the author… In fact, so much is he the purpose, the hero and the punchline of all stories that to talk about anything else would be to miss the point completely, like focusing on the frame of the Mona Lisa or the grass in front of the Taj Mahal.”
He is the hero and every story is all about Him.