(photo by Steve Hixon)
If you've ever been to a play the finish is most exciting. The cast and crew come on stage and take their bows and then the audience begins to chant, "Author! Author!" It's a compliment to the author and the desire of the audience to applaud the author for his work. As the bows are finished the author of the play is acknowledged and celebrated as the creator of the great work you have just witnessed.
This morning, as I read in the book of Acts, I came to this phrase spoken by Peter as he talked about Jesus, he called him the "author of life". The phrase is one I have read many times, but this morning I stopped for a moment and rolled those words over in my mind. The author of life. It all came from him...he made it ALL! Who made it? Jesus did. The very one we read about in the gospels walking about Israel is the one who made the dust he walked on. Imagine that, the author of life entering his own creation to provide a new kind of life. Who else could do that but the very one who made it all in the first place?
The author of life.....all that is or ever has been was made by him! And now, in the gospels he comes to create once more, to provide eternal life to his creation. When I look around at creation I see an amazing work of art. Everything is so wonderfully made, so intricate, so detailed. And now, in the gospel story, the author himself comes to finish the work, to complete his masterpiece. I can't wait for the day when we will all stand and cheer, applaud and celebrate the author of life. Author! Author!