1 Corinthians 15:1…
Beyond any piece of inspiring fiction, nothing can hold a candle to the Truth found in Scripture:
Now I am reminding you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you indeed received and in which you also stand. -1 Corinthians 15:1, NAB
I love to read. Ordinarily, I read nonfiction books about faith, theology, and spirituality, but after a bit of a dry spell, I decided to give fiction a try. I thought a good piece of fiction would get me back in the habit of reading regularly again.
I bought an ebook of a popular Christian thriller and began to read. The story captivated me. It was full of suspense but still held to a strong Christian theme. Eager to finish the book, I kept reading – even as my eyes were succumbing to drowsiness.
When I finally finished the book, I was upset by the ending. It was not the happy ending that I had hoped for. It could have ended a number of different ways, but the author left me unsatisfied. While the given ending was very creative and fit the story, something inside of me desperately wanted a cheesy, happy ending.
It began to make me think of the Gospels. We hear a story about a man from Nazareth who was changing the world around Him. He healed the sick, helped the blind to see, and forgave the sins of the gravest sinners. But in the end, Jesus was sent to die (not much of a happy ending).
The beauty of the Gospels is that the cross was not the end of the story. Christ is resurrected, and we have our happy ending. In fact, it is the happiest ending ever told.
It was this realization that made me see why I love studying our faith. I love happy endings. The world is full of love stories, tragedies, thrillers, comedies, and a host of other tales – both real and fictional – but the beauty of the Gospel’s happy ending continues to draw me in. It is a story that I could read over and over again.
The story of the world continues. Whether we are reading fiction, or living our everyday lives, we all desire happy endings, and if we want to find the happiest ending, we need to look no further than the Gospels – and the greatest story ever told.