Herald Journal Columns
Aug. 8, 2005, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Capture the moment

By Rev. Allen R. Jones, New Life Assembly of God,
Cokato

In the movie “The Truman Show,” one man’s life is transformed into a living saga – a sort of true-to-life soap opera.

From the time of his conception, every waking (and sleeping) moment is recorded and broadcasted for others to observe. These events become so involving that people become truly fixated on his life – even to the point of living their lives through him. A whole culture is affected by every moment, no matter how mundane.

If we were to look at today’s world events, we would see that people in society, especially in this country, are also fixated on the lives of others.

Usually, these people who attract society’s attention are famous, and the seed of discontentment is planted in us as we envy their lives. Even during our leisure, when visiting with friends, the lives of famous individuals may have a part in our conversation.

It’s amazing that, unlike the details of others’ lives, I find that the life story of Jesus is really something worth holding on to.

The Gospels try to capture the life of Jesus while He was living on the Earth, but there are large parts of His life that leave us hanging.

John 20:25 says it best: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

The purpose of the Gospels are exactly what they are: the “Good News” of the life of Christ. All the things recorded in the Word are meant for our benefit and encouragement.

If we were to know all of the events that took place while Christ was on the Earth, the tendency to put emphasis on the everyday life would take priority over the true meaning of His life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The important things we need are written in the Word so nothing would be lacking in our daily walk with Him.

Those that dwell often on the minor issues, sometimes have trouble dealing with the major ones. Let’s let the meaning, and not just the events, of Jesus’ life be the fixation that changes our culture.


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