The Rest of the Story

Paul Harvey’s retirement still leaves a big hole in my day.  From the time I was a toddler riding across West Texas in my parents’ ‘67 Dodge Polara wagon I can remember hearing his down-home, Midwestern voice tell story after story of fascinating people, like when a young struggling actor, overhearing a struggle while studying his lines, bravely saved a woman from an attacker.  He came out yelling and waving an empty pistol (the attacker didn’t know it was empty, the actor hoped he wouldn’t need to find out) and scared off the assailant.  Mr. Harvey would always keep the identity to himself while telling the story, then he would say something like, “Oh, by the way, you may know that young struggling actor as your 40th President, Ronald Reagan.   And now you know the rest of the story.”  I miss listening intently, sitting in the car even after reaching our destination to catch the reveal of the who the story was about.  In some ways, it must have been something like that for the prophets, or even an angel in the 1st century.

The apostle Peter once wrote, “…the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.” (1st Peter 1:10-12 NIV)  You can almost see the angels leaning in, looking at the cross, looking at God, and wondering…how is this going to end?  One day, two days, three days…and then…

People are still leaning in to know.  They want to know why sin ravages so many lives, and how healing can be found.  They want to know how to raise children that are good in a world so corrupt.  They want to know who…

And out came a man from the tomb, risen, triumphant, and able to answer all those who are wondering, one whom the angels recognized and fell to worship…you know him as Jesus of Nazareth.  Knowing Him, you can know the rest of the story.

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