Read through the Gospels in a Year: Luke 1:67-80
Read the New Testament in a Year: Ephesians 3:1-13
“The Lord … has redeemed his people … (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago) …” Luke 1:68-70
I’ve always been intrigued by people that do those thousand-piece jigsaw puzzles. I had a friend growing up that would let the puzzle sit on a folding table for weeks while everyone in their spare moments made an effort to fit a couple more pieces into place. I am not a very patient person, and I struggle envisioning the shape I am looking for. Sometimes I think the piece must have been missing when the box was sent out from the factory!
Often I have a hard time making the pieces of life fit together as well. I can’t figure out why God throws into our personal puzzle boxes those pieces marked by terrible suffering and loss. I look at the pieces of history and wonder how they fit together into one divine plan.
Then I hear Zechariah sing praise to God as he sees pieces of the puzzle coming together during his own lifetime. Diverse prophecies from centuries ago suddenly lock into place. And the key piece that brings all others into connection? The coming of Jesus Christ! That’s good to know as I look in the puzzle box of my own life. Sometimes the pieces still don’t quite fit or make much sense. But one day God will help me understand my life from his point of view. And when he does, Christ and his ministry will remain the key to understanding.

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