496 – What Makes a Good Story
Have you ever thought about why we like certain stories more than others? The themes are universal–we like heroes, and tension, and plot twists, and characters we can relate to.
The scriptures say that everyone has the knowledge of God within them. We love things like heroes and redemption because we are made in the image of God. C. S. Lewis said it should not be a surprise to “find in the imagination of the great Pagan teachers and myth makers some glimpse of that theme which we believe to be the very plot of the whole cosmic story–the theme of incarnation, death, and rebirth,” (Lewis, “Is Theology Poetry” in The Weight of Glory, 128).
Men are looking for a story to believe. They are latching on to myths that will inevitably fail them in the end. So this year at Christmas, remember that the story is bigger than just about the baby in Bethlehem. It’s the sudden inbreaking of the kingdom of God into a fallen and dying world. It’s the eternal love story of a father for his wayward children. It’s the great reversal in the cosmic war that ends in the glorious restoration of the new heavens and the new earth.
Celebrate, and worship. It’s the greatest story ever told, and the only one that will truly satisfy our hearts.