I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
This past Resurrection Season we attended 5 church services in 4 days, had the Lord’s Supper 3 different times, saw several dramas and presentations, enjoyed great music and preaching – and didn’t do a single thing at any of those services! We walked in, sat down, and enjoyed it all, then walked out. After so many years of doing almost everything ourselves that is quite different for us. It is great to focus on worship and being fed!
But for me something was missing. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I missed the awesome privilege of proclaiming this good news. I have had the privilege of doing so many times and places in the past. It’s such an awesome message to share! The story never gets old. In fact, it seems fresher and more significant every time I hear it. Getting closer to the time I’ll actually be with Jesus makes it more real as well. It’s such a simple story, but its still the best story ever! What a privilege when I get to tell it in detail every day in India!
No wonder Satan and his demons hate hearing it! No wonder they run from it, try to silence it and want to distract us from thinking about it. It is all about our victory in Jesus and their defeat! It’s really sad to hear some water the story down and compromise it. But they can’t change the reality of it!!!
One community service we went to was attended by people from various denominations and church traditions. Despite all the differences in beliefs we all shared the one hope and glorious assurance that comes from again hearing and celebrating the resurrection story. It was great to worship together and affirm that which brings us together – Jesus’ death and resurrection. Just thinking about it all makes me want to share it again and again. Once a preacher, always a preacher I guess…
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)
The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. (Matthew 28:5-6)
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior. (John 3:16-17)
Do you still love to hear and tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love? Does it get fresher and sweeter for you each time you hear it? Just imagine how it will be in heaven, with the Lamb on the throne and eternal worship all because of Him!
by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization