What a Story!1
What a story we will have to tell for years to come! “The year was 2020. It seemed to start out like any other year but then . . .”
It is amazing how something so small, which started on the other side of the world, could have such a major influence on every part of our lives. The coronavirus is measured at about 120 nanometers. (For perspective, 1,000,000 nanometers equals about 1/16th of an inch.) This little biological machine changed the lives of nearly every person on the planet. It halted some economies and started others; it caused conflict and division; it separated some families while it brought others closer together.
Sound familiar? It should! We have a story similar to this one we tell every year. “The year was about 2020 years ago. For one young girl it started out like any other year but then… Well, first was a man who wanted to marry her. Then there was the angel. Then the pregnancy. Then the hurting hearts. Then the compassion, the birth, and the shepherds.” It is amazing how something, well, someONE, so small, who was born on the other side of the world, could have such a major influence on every part of our lives. His life was measured at about 33 years (for perspective, we usually live 70 or 80 years. See Psalm 90.10.) and if it wasn’t for the warning from an angel, it may have only lasted less than 2 years. (See Matthew 2.13-16)
This human male changed the lives of every person on the planet. His testimony and the testimony about him has halted some economies and started others; it caused conflict and division; it separated some families while it brought others closer together. (See Luke 12.49- 53)
Our stories are powerful, especially the ones that have changed our lives, our hearts, our minds. The Jesus Story is the MOST powerful story. No other story compares in terms of meaning, reach, depth, significance, or value.
Can you tell the story? I mean REALLY tell the story like you’d tell your 2020 story? Can you tell it with feeling, humor, energy, and meaning? Jesus is the story which defines all your stories. His life story shapes all of our moments, all of our relationships, our eternal destiny. You probably know someone who doesn’t know the Jesus story very well. Bring them to our story-hour at St. Paul’s (we call it Christmas Eve services) and let them hear the Greatest Story Ever Lived. Be the catalyst that changes a life this December so that someone can say, “Let me tell you about the time my friend brought me to church to hear the Greatest Story Ever Told….” May the Living Jesus bless you this Christmas!