An epic story, according to Merriam Webster, is one that “extends beyond the usual or ordinary in size or scope.” In movies, an epic story almost always spans different countries, different cultures and people, and lives beyond one person across generations.
The Gospel is an epic story. This weekend we finished our “Obsession series,” which was described this way. “God’s love is an epic story of scandalous love – an obsession that spanned all time, overcame all obstacles, battled danger and ultimately death, all in pursuit… of you.”
Our pastor gave the last message in the series an interesting focus. Imagine a beautiful quill pen, writing out the story. The Gospels were written by disciples who had been in the presence of Jesus. The story was imparted to them first-person. They became leaders of the early church, and passed the story on, and it began to spread throughout the world. Constantine took up the pen and moved the story from the secrecy of persecution to the public acceptance of palaces. Across the centuries, Augustine, Luther, and Calvin each picked up the pen and passed the story forward. And somewhere a hundred years ago, someone you don’t know picked up the pen, and passed the Gospel to someone, who passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone you know – a parent, a teacher, a friend – who showed you your place in God’s family and his epic story.
And now the pen is in your hand. It’s your turn to write the next chapter in our epic story. To whom will you pass the pen?