Article by Michael Goforth II:
Once upon a time, an evil serpent-dragon slithered through a garden on the hunt for his prey.
He was on a mission of deceit and rebellion and through a series of well-crafted lies, he was successful. Heeding the serpent's advice, the very first humans plunged themselves into a spiral of doom and destruction.
It was right in the middle of this dark scene that God stepped in with a message of hope. He promised a coming Hero from the seed of the woman. A Hero who would crush the serpent’s head. A Hero who would kill the dragon and get the girl.
Have you heard this story?
I’m sure you have, although maybe not told quite like that. If you haven’t recognized it by now, this is the story of the Bible.
Jesus is the promised Hero that came to crush the serpent’s head. (Genesis 3:15). The villain is, “the great dragon. . . .that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan”(Revelation 12:9) And the girl is the bride of Christ, the church. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
This is God’s story. And He didn’t just write it, He stepped into it.
He became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Creator, walked among the created. And then, He rescued His people through death on a cross.
God isn’t just the Author of the story, He’s the Hero as well.
Joe Rigney explains it this way, “In this narrative, God is the storyteller and the main character. He is the bard and the hero. He authors the fairy tale and then comes to kill the dragon and get the girl.”
This story is the greatest story ever told. And do you want to know the best part? It’s not over yet!
Jesus is coming again. And He promises to create a new heaven and a new earth.
A renewed garden with no sickness, no pain, and no serpent-dragons. A place of paradise for His happy bride to dwell with Him forever.
You see, every other story about heroes, and dragons, and damsels in distress, are small little reminders of the true story.
The story of God rescuing and redeeming His people.
If you’re a Christian today, this isn’t just God’s story, it’s your story as well. You’ve been swept up into this grand narrative with a hope greater than you can imagine!
I love how the New City Catechism puts it:
“Question: What hope does everlasting life hold for us?
Answer: It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.”
If you’re not tempted to shout for joy right now, go back and read that again. Because that is your future if you’re a believer today!
And if you’re not a believer, consider this your personal invitation from the Hero and His bride:
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
Come, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Be forgiven of all your sins. Drink of the water of life. And enter in to the greatest story ever told.
Jesus came to kill the dragon and get the girl. Through His death on the cross, He conquered Satan and rescued us, His happy bride.
One day, He will return. He will create a new heaven and a new earth. And He’ll bring all those who believe. . . . back to the garden.