The Greatest Story Ever Told

img1949004     Suppose you could take out magic glasses and see way back into the past – before electricity, before the invention of the wheel?  Well, you can.  Just open the Bible and read with eyes and minds ready to be amazed at what unfolds.  Listen to the telling of the story of God’s great love for His greatest creation, the human heart.

Our story begins shrouded in darkness and chaos.  A great and powerful Creator steps onto the stage and with the breath of His mouth, with words rolling from His tongue He creates everything necessary to sustain life – for God always provides before there is an awareness of the need.  (Genesis 1-2) His most beautiful Garden of Eden welcomed the perfect couple formed by His own hands and here’s the unbelievable part, God actually looked forward to times of strolling through the gardens with His newly created friends – until they sinned.  As children often do, they did the very thing God asked them not to do.  They disobeyed their Creator and God.  (Genesis 3) Thus began the distance a perfect, holy God must put between Himself and sin.  He separated Himself from His creation and expelled them from His garden.

But He had an ultimate plan!  Ages and eons pass.  Restoring this relationship was His greatest desire; He truly wanted to have lasting relationships with His creation.  Sacrifices tinged with blood tried to administer a band aide upon the weeping wound of mankind, but the wound was too great and mankind too frail.  With quiet resolve, Creator God activated His grand plan and sent His own Son to pay for the wrongs of mankind, to pay the debt with a final and ultimate sacrifice that no one else could provide.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Darkness covered the face of the earth again as God turned His back on His own Son hanging on a rugged cross while He shouldered the sins of the world.  But a mere three days later, not just physical sunlight bathed the dark world, but Son-light pierced the darkness of man’s heart and birthed a new creation, a spiritual renovation of a fleshly house that now could hold a small part of the great Holy Spirit.  To believe in the work Jesus Christ did on the cross, to accept His plan of salvation would grant life to the deadness of mankind.  “If we confess with the mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we can be saved for with the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation!” (Romans 10:9-10)

     The story does not end here; the story continues far into the future where those spiritual glasses can see the works of God and behold His glory just by opening His Bible and reading for ourselves.  His invitation is not limited to an elite few, but open to all of mankind if we will read His story and follow His teaching.  Won’t you join me in the quest to find not only peace on earth, but everlasting favor and love for all eternity?

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