understanding the story

“It is fundamental to the Christian worldview in its truest form that what happened in Jesus of Nazareth was the very climax of the long story of Israel. Trying to understand Jesus without understanding what that story was, how it worked, and what it meant is like trying to understand why someone is hitting a ball with a stick without knowing what baseball, or cricket, is all about.”

N.T. Wright
Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
(HarperCollins, 2006), p.71