By Toney L. Smith
One of our most beloved gospel songs is Tell Me the Story of Jesus. The song speaks of the life and works of Jesus Christ. As the song says, it is “the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard.” It is precious and sweet because it tells of Jesus and His sacrifice for our salvation.
Chapter one reveals Jesus (pre-incarnate) before He became flesh. There has never been a time when He was not in existence. When the universe was barren, Jesus was an important part of creation’s plan (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17). Before He became flesh, He was deity, an equal part of the Godhead. Jesus is said to be the word (John 1:1-3), and that word took on human form, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).The story of Jesus tells how He descended the heavenly stairway to be the savior of all men. He came from heaven to do the will of His Father (John 3:17; 10:10; Luke 19:10).
Chapter two shows us the incarnate Immanuel. The word Immanuel means, “God with us” or “with us is God.” He would be born of a virgin, thus taking on the attributes of a human being (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26- 35). All men needed justification, because all have sinned (Romans 3:23). God had a plan for our salvation. Christ came from heaven to be our sacrificial Lamb (Galatians 4:4-5; Mark 1:15). Christ emptied Himself of His glory and demonstrated a life of service (Philippians 2:5-11). In the flesh, He experienced sorrow (John 11:35), temptation (Matthew 4:1-11), torture and rejection (John 1:11, Mark 14:50; Matthew 27:46). Jesus, who knew no sin, died because of our sins (1 Peter 3:18).
Chapter three reveals Jesus in Paradise. Nailed to the cross, Jesus cried, “it is finished” (John 19:30). This statement meant that He had completed His given task. He had said to the repenting thief, “… Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). He would be buried and raised on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). The story of Jesus assures victory to the faithful child of God. Everyone will taste of death (Hebrews 9:27; Job 30:23). However, God has promised a day of resurrection for all (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The faithful will enjoy and obtain victory over the grave (1 Corinthians 15:55).
Chapter four tells of Jesus the risen Savior. This chapter continues the narrative of the risen savior. This fact further verifies the words spoken by Christ (John 2:19; 1 Corinthians 15:4). We sing, “Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes, He arose a victor from the dark domain…” He then showed Himself to certain disciples for 40 days (Acts 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). During this time, He gave the Great Commission (Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:36-40). After these thing Jesus ascended back to heaven from whence He had come (Acts 1:9-11).
Chapter five of this story pictures Jesus as the exalted King. In Peter's sermon in Acts 2, we read the summation of Christ's life. This teaching concludes with Peter telling the Jews that “God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). Just imagine what that homecoming would have been like! The Son of God returns to His divine realm (Hebrews 1:3). To this very day, Jesus sits upon His throne still ruling His kingdom, the church (Colossians 1:13).
Chapter six will present Jesus as our righteous judge. Make no mistake; there will be a day of judgment for each of us. We cannot determine just when that day will be, but none of us will miss it. The time of that day is to be determined by God the Father (Matthew 24:36; 1 Thessalonians 5:1- 3). He will come “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). We must all appear before the judgment seat (Matthew 25:31-34).
Chapter seven reveals things after judgment. Jesus will deliver up the kingdom to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24); the last enemy will be destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:26); Jesus will Himself be in subjection to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:28); and the saved will be in their eternal home (Revelation 22:1-5). There is a “crown” waiting for all faithful children of God (2 Timothy 4:6-8; Revelation 2:10).
This is a beautiful story. It reveals the amazing truth of God’s love for mankind.
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