Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of God’s presence during dark seasons of questioning. — Ravi Zacharias

Shakespeare, of course, was a genius. Among the ranks of the all-time great creators, his works will likely endure until the end of human history (but no longer than that!). Yes, he wrote that “All of life is a stage,” and the players have “exits” and “entrances.” Yet, when Shakespeare wrote this, I doubt he was thinking about the greatest entrance by the greatest player who ever stepped foot on the stage of this life.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3)

The true identity of the “Word” is our Jesus. He first created the stage, then created the complete cast, and then He Himself stepped through the curtains of eternity.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Wow. Spotlight front and center. The Hero has slipped into the scene unnoticed. When Jesus came to earth, it was God emerging from behind the scenes to join us on stage—to experience life with us. To walk with us, cry with us, and laugh with us, while explaining to us and showing us who and what existed backstage. And then, He too played out His role as Savior. He voluntarily sacrificed Himself on the cross. He rose again three days later. He ascended and returned backstage where He sat down at God’s right hand. From there, one day, He will return to the stage to judge those alive and those who have died.

In the meantime though, He hasn’t left us alone on this stage to improvise as best we can. Before He left, He promised His disciples that He would send His Spirit onto the stage in His place. And He did. The Spirit of God now dwells around us and in us, counseling us and guiding us as the greatest story of all time plays out in our midst.

Lord Jesus, I give You a standing ovation for what You did for me on this stage of life. I recognize Your sacrifice, and I receive Your forgiveness and the payment for my sins. I embrace the gift of Your Holy Spirit and Your living Word, now written for me to read and follow. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s series Living in Exile: God Working Behind the Scenes.