Happy endings

When the right time arrived, God sent His Son into this world (born of a woman, subject to the law)  to free those who, just like Him, were subject to the law. Ultimately He wanted us all to be adopted as sons and daughters. Gal. 4:4-5

Christmas celebrates the happy beginning of Jesus’ life on earth.  Film maker Orson Welles said “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course on where you stop your story.” If we stopped His story at crucifixion it wouldn’t be a happy ending. We need the resurrection. We experience moments in our lives that feel like closure, a happy ending, like the time when we embraced His gift of salvation or got married or graduated. What happens before and after each of these events include all sorts of plot twists and complications that would make for a sad story if we stopped telling the story then.  And not every endeavor seems to end well. But we are part of a bigger story, the ultimate end of that story is  Christ’s eternal Kingship, freedom and adoption as children of that Kingdom, and His defeat of evil. This isn’t just Jesus’ happy ending, its the ending He wrote with His own blood for each of us.

Lord, thank you for the happy ending to all my beginnings, middles, and endings.