So I’m in a Sunday evening service that takes the form of some songs and prayer then we get into a look at whatever Word Hughie wants us to explore. This evening we were looking at faith from the Hebrews 11 perspective and as is the nature of the conversation we don’t get much further into the text than about verse 6 and even then we weren’t looking that deeply into the issues, just highlighting some themes. Good session it is though and we pick up on a number of things that are cool for modern application in the light of who God is.
At the end of the session we’re all praying that our understanding of faith will grow and we’ll be able to apply what we know in our every day. As I start praying I come across that phrase again in Hebrews 12:2 which I tend to remember in the KJV,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
As I reflected on that phrase I started thinking about the concept that is appealed to here – Author and finisher. Now when I thought about that this came to my head,
I particularly remember it from the end episodes of the A-Team. What we see here though is the whole concept that what we have just seen has been from the origins of something that was authored and perhaps finished in the head of Stephen Cannell. Now there is a great deal of assurance to know that the plot that we are watching has already been sorted.
So for example when you watch an episode there are some things you can be fairly assured of. The main characters won’t die unless it’s been foreshadowed by something like the fact that it’s the last in the series. So however desperate the situation may appear, we are assured as long as there is another episode the following week that our heroes will survive whatever happens and perhaps survive to overcome that predicament. All of this has already been assured because of the author.
While I had that image in my head, then in line with the whole concept of seeking and with the hear of that found in Hebrews 11:6 I was also reminded about how seeking after God is like the whole point of a detective and then this image came aboard
Who would have thought it Jessica Fletcher and Jesus Christ in the same thought? There we are though. Here is an author who writes crime novels and gets her inspiration by the real criminal mysteries she engages her mind to solve. To me this is the assurance we have which is why we focus on Jesus. Through the perilous and challenging times we go through where it would be easy to give up we hold, we persevere, because we read the script, we know the Author, we seek the Author constantly who should know what we’re after, because He is who we’re after.
Not only should He know, but as stated recently, He is the Creator – He knows the beginning for the end. So we seek the Author to be reassured again that just as He was able to go through because of what He knew lay ahead, we can go on because He is ahead. Not only is He ahead, but He has written the script and what He starts, He finishes.
That’s why it’s so important that we seek the Author and in the process of seeking Him and reading our roles in His script He finishes us off – He ensures that we come out like pure gold. We can read the end of the script and see a character that has been fully formed by the episodes of faith that funnily enough make us more like the Author.
For His Name's Sake