The grand narrative of humanity is centered on Jesus Christ. You and I get the chance to participate in this larger-than-life story about his work of redeeming the world for God the Father. When Jesus started his public ministry two thousand years ago, he proclaimed, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus inaugurated the reign of God in his ministry and opened the door for humanity to participate in this new government of God through his death, burial, and Resurrection and by sending the Holy Spirit upon his Church. Renewed by God’s grace to sonship, and filled with his power, we are able to proclaim Christ’s message and follow Christ by carrying our own crosses daily in hope that we too may attain the Resurrection from the dead. Jesus is the Forerunner into the Resurrection and we get the privilege of participating in his way of doing things; namely loving God and loving people with sacrificial and hope-filled love.
When we begin to understand that God’s story of redemption is ongoing and that we have the ability to participate, then our lives are filled with purpose. We aren’t just here to get an education, find the perfect job, make money, retire, and die. We are here to declare the kingdom of God is now here, and show others the Way to eternal life through the Way of the cross of Christ. In each stage of our lives, we point others to the greater reality that is still yet to be fulfilled in the New Heavens and New Earth. Each day, we have the opportunity to grow closer and closer to God, until one day we see him face-to-face. We get to co-labor with Christ through his Church to renew this world for the glory of God!