January 2, 2011

Tell Me The Story Of Jesus – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:08 pm by sranderson0103

“Tell me the story or Jesus, write on my heart every word, tell me the story most precious, sweetest story that ever was heard.” These words written by Fannie Crosby in 1880 should be something that every Christian can sing with enthusiasm and understanding. Jeremiah foretold of the new covenant when he wrote, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33 ) This writing on the heart of a Christian comes through hearing the word of God and making it a part of their very being. One Christian tells another who tells another who tells another as Christians have done for centuries. This is in keeping with what Paul wrote to Timothy, “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:1-2) We are commanded to teach others just as Christ did command his apostles, “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:18-20) 

Our Responsibility

Hosea, speaking for God, said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) That is still true today. Many do not take the personal responsibility of obtaining their own knowledge of God. They are willing to accept what they hear at face value and follow like sheep. We cannot trust our leaders without examining what they say. When one reads 1 and 2 Kings, you can see how a whole nation was led astray by the people listening to their kings. We learn that we cannot trust “politicians” to know what is right and to do God’s will. We also learn that a deteriorating moral climate will eventually lead to ruin. Remember, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

As learners we must be like the Bereans who searched the scriptures to determine whether the things they were being taught were true. (Acts 17:11) We should study the scriptures diligently. (2 Timothy 2:15) Then, having proved all things, we should hold fast to those things and not be moved from them. (1 Thessalonians 5:21). We should be like David who said, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” (Psalms 16:8) We should listen to the words of Peter who wrote, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5)

The Story Most Precious

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:1-3) The story of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for the sin of the world is the most important story that could ever be told. Hear it, learn it, teach it and may it ever be so. ——Amen

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