Land of VentiBob Hostetler talks about living the “venti” life—the kind of life Jesus rose again to give us.
My friend Adelee often laughs at the frequent and sometimes hilarious misspellings of her name on her coffee cups. Matalie? Ataie? Really?
That has never been my problem, but I do sometimes have trouble ordering in coffee shops because sizes differ and they call them by different names. I just know I always want large—“venti,” as some call it. And it goes beyond coffee.
I want more from my years than working, watching TV, scrolling through social media and spending money. I want life. Venti life. Maybe you do too.
Is This the Real Life?
Jesus said, “I came that [you] may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). We want to live the venti life, to go beyond the “tall” and “grande” kind of existence we often settle for. When Jesus died on the cross, He destroyed the power of sin, death and the devil; a “tall” order. And, rising from the grave, He made it possible for His life to live in us — here, now and forever. That’s pretty “grande.”
But that’s only the beginning. It’s huge, but that’s not all there is.
Roughly 1,700 years before Jesus’ times, a young man named Joseph appeared on the scene. He was his father’s favorite, which made his brothers angry. They eventually turned on him and sold him into slavery; he ended up in the darkness of a prison, where it seemed his journey would end. But it didn’t end. He not only came out of that
Fast forward again, another 800+ years. A young man named Jesus became renowned as a rabbi, and even a prophet. He called God His Father, and at His baptism, and again on the Mount of Transfiguration, a voice from heaven proclaimed Him as His Father’s favorite—all of which made His brothers angry. They eventually turned on Him, His own flesh and blood. They handed Him over to the authorities, and though He had the power to stop it, He let Himself be handed over to
The Venti Life
That’s the kind of life Jesus rose again to give us—a life that feels like we’ve just been released from prison (Joseph), delivered from darkness (Jonah) and saved from death (Jesus). A new, venti life that is not only to be celebrated…but shared.
No matter how strong your prison or how deep your darkness, you don’t have to stay in that place. And when He brings you into life and light, He expects you and empowers you to help bring life and light into the lives of others as well.
That’s what the resurrection did for you and for me. It made “living venti” possible.
“No matter how strong your prison or how deep your darkness, you don’t have to stay in that place. And when He brings you into life and light, He expects you and empowers you to help bring life and light into the lives of others as well. ”
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Read Genesis 39-41 (or for Joseph’s whole story, Genesis 37, 39-50).
Read the four chapters of Jonah.
Compare how those stories are told with the account of Jesus’ resurrection in John 18-20.
Bob Hostetler is an award-winning author of fifty books, including Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional. He lives in Ohio. Read more of his work at bobhostetler.com.