I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
Five times. I think that’s the number of times I had written in the little Bible the Methodist church had given me many years ago that I was “saved.” Funny now that I think about it. I only said a prayer…all these years later I know better. I know that saying a prayer isn’t what saved me.
It’s a heart change.
I do love to tell the story. I love to tell what Jesus has done. I love to point my children to the Gospel when they’ve sinned. I love to go there when I’ve sinned. The writer of this hymn was correct. It satisfies as nothing else can do.
We must tell the story. We must share the gospel, with words sometimes, with our lives always. Perfectly? Of course not! But if we’re living the same as the world, then the world won’t listen. In fact, they’ll call us hypocrites. Or they’ll listen and live life unchanged, with a false confidence. People don’t need a prayer and a false confidence. Remember, even the demons believe (James 2:19). They’re even smart enough to tremble. Are we?Jesus Christ is different; yet he is the same. Yesterday, today and forever. Click To Tweet
Jesus Christ is different. But he is the same. Yesterday, today and forever; he doesn’t change. His word is true. His life, death and resurrection on that cross is true. And it’s the only thing that can fill the void.
That doesn’t mean that there won’t be moments of void. We’re human, we drift. But if we say we trust Jesus and are not overall changed. If we say we trust Jesus yet we have no peace, no joy and our life isn’t different than the world around us, we’re missing something. That’s when it’s time to revisit the gospel.
What is the Gospel? The perfect, sinless sacrifice. Jesus Christ, the son of God and the son of man. (yes, fully both. God and man.) Coming as a baby, born of a virgin. Living a perfect sinless life. Falsely accused, arrested, dying a horrendous death on a piece of wood. In the grave three days. Resurrected and ascended back to the right hand of God the Father. Taking the sin meant for us upon himself so we can live in Heaven praising the One who made us for eternity.
Please reach out to me, or a local church if your life is missing something. Please open your Bible and read, but please don’t stop there. We need fellowship with other believers to encourage us and walk with us.
If you’re interested, Shane is writing these 31 days on Christ in the Old Testament.