I enjoy photography. I enjoy capturing people’s happy moments. I enjoy posting photos on social media and, quite frankly, whenever I go on Twitter or Facebook I prefer to look at the photos rather than reading people’s posts. But here is the question: Do pictures really tell the whole story?
When Jesus is mentioned in most places around the world most likely three images come to people’s mind: Jesus in the crib, Jesus on the cross and Jesus at the Last Supper. If you’d ask them about what Jesus’ life looked like on an everyday basis for the 33 years he walked on this earth, most people wouldn’t be able to tell you much, except that he did good.
Our society categorizes our own lives by their highlights but really our lives are made of everything that happens in between. The joyful times when you watch your loved ones laugh with you, the tears when as a little girl or boy you fell off the bike, pouring coffee over your new outfit in a hurry, just because you hit the snooze button one time too many, the smile you offer a co-worker saying “You’re going to be ok”, the visit to the hospital bringing flowers to a dear friend as a token of love, the hard times when you wonder if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the roads that lead to small victories; all these moments, struggles and joys that happen over time cannot be captured in one picture. No it’s a story made of connected moments; a story mostly built behind closed doors that tells truth about a person.
A life and a love letter both are made up of many words and stories. Whenever I receive a love letter, I devour every word and don’t just read the first and the last word. When I watch a movie, I watch the first scene and everything in between with excitement until the last scene, in context to the whole movie, reveals to me the moral of the story. It’s a journey, it’s a story, and it’s a memoir. Therefore it’s worth listening to it ALL! Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing for people to know the ‘why’ when looking at Jesus lying in a crib in a cave and Jesus being nailed to the cross? The revelation that He did it all for the purpose of spending eternity with us? He conquered the grave, he bore all of our sicknesses, infirmities, pains, disappointments, He defeated Satan and rose from the dead. He now sits at the right hand of the Father, crowned as King. He has ALL power, he intercedes on behalf of us, he knows exactly how you and I feel; what we are going through, because he has felt all the pain you and I will ever experience so that we can lean on Him and trust Him, knowing that we are not alone, knowing that we can lay our burdens at His feet and be held by the hand up the mountain and carried through the valleys fearing nothing. But sadly not enough people know the whole story and therefore are searching in the dark.
My husband, Shawn Brann, whom I am so very proud of, has preached a message entitled “What is the meaning to life?”. It’s about a lifestyle that the world promotes but in the end leaves you empty. Watch these two videos:
*click on each image to watch the videos
They are looking for that something, they know it’s out there that’s why they keep living but who will tell them the whole truth…?
Every news channel is broadcasting about Whitney Houston’s death the past two days. People are suddenly praying for her, Hollywood is in shock. What is going through the minds of the celebrities attending the Grammy’s? Would they rather be at home with their families? Are they wondering when they will feel completed, and satisfied? Did Whitney have a relationship with Jesus? Did she know what He was about? Did she know why the crib and why the cross? Did she experience the presence of God? – All these questions are running through my head and I pray that we who believe will make a difference in the people’s lives we touch, that God’s love shines through us and that our generation will be known for glorifying God and bringing hope to the lost through boldly proclaiming who Jesus is!
My challenge to you is to read the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation this year. Take a closer look at the life of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God, he healed ALL that came to him, and he set EVERYONE free that encountered him in every story of the bible. He had compassion on EVERYONE, even his enemies. He was fully human; completely identified Himself with you and me. He was tempted with the same things we are, He felt the same emotions we do; joy, pain, sadness, disappointment, and hope. He was crucified for your sin and mine to bridge the gap between God and humankind, so that we can have a relationship with the Father! He is the same yesterday, TODAY and forever. He is still alive, He cares, He prays for you! He is omnipotent, omnipresent, the Beginning, the End and ultimately He, the King of Kings, is madly in love with you!