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The Wonderful Story of Jesus

                    “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:18).

 

            The story of Jesus has thrilled the hearts of men for centuries. Even the non-believer can be touched at times with the details of His birth, life, death and resurrection. Many songs have been written about different aspects of the life of Jesus. One that is loved by followers of Christ was written in 1885 by John M. Driver and is titled “Wonderful Story Of Love”.

 

            John wrote, “Wonderful story of love: Tell it of me again; Wonderful story of love: Wake the immortal strain! Angels with rapture announce it; Shepherds with wonder receive it; Sinner, O won’t you believe it? Wonderful story of love”: The love of God is clearly seen in His dealings with mankind. John wrote, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Although a man might be willing to die for a good friend; Jesus died for us while we were His enemies. Paul wrote, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:8-10).  John stated, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10).

 

            John Driver wrote, “Wonderful story of love: Tho’ you are far away; Wonderful story of love: Still He doth call today; Calling from Calvary’s mountain; Down from the crystal bright fountain, E’en from the dawn of creation, wonderful story of love.”  In the inspired word the call of Jesus has loudly rang out through the ages. He told His disciples “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:320). Matthew recorded the words of Jesus “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Salvation could never be earned by man; it took the love of God to bring us to eternal glory.

 

            John Driver wrote, “Wonderful story of love: Jesus provides a rest; Wonderful story of love: For all the pure and the blest; Rest in those mansions above us, With those who’ve gone on before us, Singing the rapturous chorus, Wonderful story of love.” Jesus promised His disciples “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).  Many songs have been written to remind the believer of the desirability and glories of heaven and to encourage nonbelievers to study and come to know Jesus and the wonderful love of God.

 

            Sin is the horrifying reality that will cost many their souls. James wrote, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren” (James 1:13-16). Those who refuse to hear and obey the will of God will dwell without Him, and all that is good, for all eternity. Jesus stated, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:46).

 

            It is important for even the strongest Christian to be reminded of the wonderful story of Jesus; lest we forget and drift away from His saving grace. Paul stated in his letter to Timothy “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (I Timothy 4:13-16).

 

            Let us be diligent in studying and applying the word of God (II Timothy 2:15). Let us always remember that Jesus was willing to lay down His life in order that we might have life (John 10:10-18). We must never forget the wonderful love which God has for us and the great sacrifice which Jesus became on our behalf.

 

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