The Greatest Story Ever Told

I recently had the experience of spending the evening with some lovely folks, who I would consider world travelers and now friends.  They have lived in three different countries, traveled extensively, and experienced things that I could only dream about.  As we sat outside, warmed and entranced by a roaring fire, we shared our stories.  To say that I was captivated by their journey would be an understatement-- they were simply fascinating.  The husband had served in two different armies and both had been brought up under a totalitarian system that had recognized their abilities and molded them into international stars.  

When attention turned to my wife and myself and our friends wanted to hear our stories, frankly I knew it would be short and rather pedestrian, since we both grew up in New Jersey and still live no more than 10 miles from where we were born. When my wife mentioned what I used to be like and the difference to now they became very attentive and the rest of the evening was spent answering questions on how this could be.  My friends grew up in an atheistic society and now are either atheist or agnostic.  The idea of life change was so unfamiliar and foreign to them that what I assumed would be a quick, short, and boring story took up most of the rest of the night.
 
The story of Jesus and what He can do is still the greatest story ever told.
 
Christmas brings the focus back to Jesus.  So many other narratives have held our rapt attention this year.   I've desperately needed the Christmas season, this year more than ever, to refocus my attention on Jesus-- the light of the world-- and the hope He brings to our fractured world and to our very souls. If I have another opportunity to speak with my new friends I must make sure the focus is not on me or what religion can do for us.  The gospel is never about us, never about life change-- although that naturally occurs; the good news is always about Jesus and what He has done.  Faith is about one beggar showing another beggar where to find food.
 
The story of Jesus and what He has done will always be the greatest story ever told.

by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.

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