The story of Jesus starts off well. On Friday, the story has a bad ending when Jesus is crucified. On Sunday, God gave the story a better ending when Jesus is risen (Matthew 28:1-8). Just like Jesus’ story, our story has a lot of hardships and sad endings. But it is not over. God takes bad endings and brings happy endings. Easter means our stories are never over. If there’s a bad ending, there is room for a sequel. God brings good endings to sad stories. We see this in:
• The story of Jesus. Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to God and God exalted him to the highest place (Philippians 2:6-11). God gave Jesus a better ending, raising him from the dead (Acts 2:24). Jesus humbled himself, but we don’t always do this. We refuse to humble ourselves.
• The story of separation. Our iniquities have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and the penalty has been paid (Isaiah 53:6) and God brought us close to him through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
• The story of life. We are strengthened through belief in Christ (Ephesians 1:19).
• The story of eternity. Death is like a comma, not a period (1 Corinthians 6:14). This life is not the end (John 11:25-26). When we know there’s more, all hardships seem less significant.
Who gets a happy ending? There are two types of wisdom: self/worldly-centered wisdom or God-centered wisdom. It’s God-centered wisdom that bring true happiness. If we humble ourselves, God will lift us up in due time (1 Peter 5:6). How will your story end? Will you place your trust in yourself or in God?