Pastor Dan Nichols
One of the most natural of human impulses is to place oneself within a story. And this is a good, God-given thing. I believe it to be a part of having been created in God’s image. And while I truely believe that we are meant to see Jesus first in any story. I think that many who teach the Bible have done a disservice by not helping the Church see herself, her mission, and her identity in the historical narratives that God has already written, or the grand narrative that he is writing. It is good and necessary to see yourself in the story of God. What’s interesting is that this true story of Genesis 22 is not the kind that we would read ourselves into. In fact, this even feels quite distant to us. We are not sure what to do with it, and we definitely don’t intend to identify with anyone in it. But I believe that if there is any story that you and I can find ourselves in, it is this one. This moment in God’s grand movement of redemption has great things to say to you and me today.