One of the connections that God has made possible in our life as His people is the connection to the greater story. We connect to the epic story of God. Because we belong to Him through Christ, His story is ours, and our story becomes His. The Apostle Paul writes, “You are sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ…. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 4:26-29). We can trace our spiritual lineage to the promise and action of God at work within humanity because in Christ we are a part of the greater story.
Hebrews 11 is a chapter that we love dearly. Great heroes of faith are placed before us systematically one right after the other. By faith Noah…. By faith Abraham…. By faith Isaac…. By faith Jacob…. By faith Moses…. Immediately when their names are mentioned we know their stories. We know their history. We know the magnificent ways in which God worked through the lives they lived. And yet somehow the writer of Hebrews declares that “only together with us are they made complete” (Hebrews 11:40). Because the story lives on in us in radically revealed ways, as those who live this side of the cross of Jesus.
Glory to God!