The Big Picture – By Daniel W Sheridan (Twitter: @DanielWSheridan)
The Bible begins with, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The Bible ends, not with Revelation, even though that’s the last book in the Bible it’s not the end historically, but the Bible ends historically in 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 where we read, “Then cometh the end…that God may be all in all.”
The Bible tells us creation came out from God and all of it leads back to God. In the beginning God was all, in the end God will be all in all. In between we have the story of the human race, Adam’s sin in the garden, the consequences, nations rising and falling, the coming of the Savior into the world accomplishing redemption, from that point the Savior’s redemption is being worked out in human history until its blessing reaches every nook and cranny of God’s creation.
The word “end” doesn’t mean “over” in the sense that there’s nothing else to the story. When Paul says the “end” he is talking about the accomplishment of a goal. It’s “the ultimate point or thing at which one aims or directs his views; the object intended to be reached or accomplished by any action or scheme; purpose intended…” (Webster). God’s ultimate object, His intended purpose, His obsession, is to be all in all, that is, all things to all people – their everything. God took action to accomplish His object by sending His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the World. The “end” is secure because Jesus Christ is no failure!
It’s good to know the end of the story, isn’t it? God’s story ends happily ever after. But we don’t know all the details along the way, we have to experience those, and much of that experience isn’t too pleasant, but it will have been worth it in the end. As the road to true love never did run smooth, so too in the story of the human race, there are hard times along the way, but every wrong will ultimately be made right, hatred will be replaced by love, and death replaced with life, and then we together will have made it to our desired haven.
That’s the story of the Bible in a nutshell – Big Picture!