In all of our discussion about God’s Upper Story and his Lower Story, it’s important to remember that the ultimate climax of his Upper Story resides in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, his only son. This is important because everything we read about in The Story has a thread through it that points us to Jesus. Everything we read is to be filtered through what we know to be true of Jesus. But how do we know Jesus?
If you are finding it hard to see Jesus in the middle of the difficult texts we have been reading, then let me make a suggestion. Put down your copy of The Story and pick up your bible (preferably one not written in ancient English – I suggest NIV or The Message). Open up your bible to the book of John – it’s the fourth account of the Gospel found in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke then John. See Jesus through the eyes of John. If Jesus had a best friend, it would have been John. He knows Jesus probably better than any other writer in the New Testament. As you read his biography of Jesus, you will get a clearer understanding of who Jesus was, what he thought, what he did and the things that were most important to him.
After you have read through John, pick up The Story and get back into our story. I believe this will help you understand the Upper Story more clearly. You may want to read one biographical account each week – John, Mark, Matthew and Luke. It’s a little more reading, but reading that I believe will help you wrestle with the Lower Story better.
This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God,
Hebrews 1:3 (The Message)