So What’s Your Story? (Part 2)

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We all have a story – a narrative that defines who we are and what we are all about. Last week, we rehearsed the events leading up to the crucifixion.

Three days after He was laid in a borrowed tomb, Jesus stepped out of the tomb defeating sin and death. As the songwriter wrote, “The Gospel Changes Everything.”

The gospel IS Jesus. People were never the same after meeting him. It was life changing, life transforming.

An encounter with Jesus changes everything. You will never be the same.

There are so many illustrations in the Gospel narratives in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Matthew, the tax-collector, hated by everyone, left everything and followed Jesus.

The Samaritan women met Jesus at the well. He broke all the rules and engaged in conversation with her – a conversation that forever changed her life.

The woman caught in adultery was headed for the ultimate stoning. But Jesus steps in and her life is forever changed

I can relate to this guy being “height challenged” – Zaacheus. Not a real popular guy. But when he meets Jesus – he is startled when Jesus not only knows his name and location – He invites Himself to Zaacheus’ house for dinner. Imagine texting your wife to tell her that the Messiah is coming to your house for dinner.

Peter, James and John – what a trio. The band of brothers. I picture them as the Duck Dynasty crew of the day. Skilled fisherman. Not at all whimps – but rugged and leathered from the sun fisherman. The Scriptures said they left their nets to follow Jesus.

The man born blind since birth not was forgiven of sins, his sight was miraculously restored. Catch this narrative: 18 The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. 19 They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

20 His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, 21 but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue.23 That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.” 24 So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this,[b] because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” 25 “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:17-25)

Hymnwriter Fanny Crosby knows what blindness is. She died having never really ever having her full sight. But her blindness never stopped her from having a fulfilled life. She had an encounter with Jesus and that turned her world upside down. In fact, she wrote close to 9,000 hymns.

Remember this one?

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.
Heir of salvation, purchased of God, born of His Spirit – washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.

You have a story! And your story is worth telling. It may not be one you’ll hear on YouTube – but it is YOUR story – the story of what Jesus has done in YOUR life.

Would you be willing to share your story with us in one or two paragraphs? Send it to me, and I would love to share them with our Freedom Fighter family: bwelte@americaskewick.org. Let me hear from you.

Overflowing and abounding with hope,

Bill Welte, President/CEO America’s Keswick

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Judges 8-9| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.
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