By Sean Ashberry
I love movies. I really love the whole theater experience with the popcorn, the drink that costs as much as a car payment, the seating, and the sound. I don’t know about you but no matter how good the movie turns out to be I consider it a let down if I fail to get there before they show the previews.
I anticipate the previews because I want to see what is “coming soon to a theater near you.” I want to know what I am supposed to be excited about or what may look like a lot of hype with no substance. Because when the advertisements roll out to television and people start talking about this movie or that movie, I can have an idea having seen the preview; I have gotten a sneak peak.
Previews help build excitement and stir the buzz. Previews get people talking and give them something to look forward to.
God has always been about previews.
- The Garden of Eden was a preview of the eternal relationship God desires with us (Revelation 22).
- The ark built by Noah was a preview to God’s plan for salvation (1 Peter 3:21).
- The exodus from Egypt and subsequent nation of Israel was a preview of eternal deliverance and spiritual community within the body of Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10).
- And the transfiguration on the mountain of Mark 9 is a preview to the glory awaiting Jesus as the suffering Messiah and the splendor of the transfigured world awaiting those who, like Peter, have come to faith that Jesus is the Son of God.
Yes, previews get people talking and give them something to look forward to. Make sure you do not miss the preview.
Published in “The Observer” of the Somers Ave. congregation in N. Little Rock AR.