The true Christmas story is more than a young lady gives birth to a son in a barn that will grow up to change the world.
- That in itself is a marvelous story.
- That in itself is a cute story.
- That in itself is a touching story of no room, taxes, angels, and the wise men.
- That in itself is a suspenseful story as Joseph is awakened by God told in the middle of the night to flee for the life of the Child.
- That in itself is a heartbreaking story as Herod kills all babies 2 years and younger
But what makes the story so great is when we see it in panoramic view. When we see it for what it is, it truly is the greatest story ever told!
This greatest story ever told is captured in just one verse:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Joh 3:16)
It is the greatest story ever told because it is orchestrated by the greatest POWER – “For God…”
Not “the force” or the power of a Jedi, but the real power of Jehovah!
Not the “essence of creation” but the CREATOR!
It is the greatest story ever told because it is spawned from the greatest PASSION – “…so loved…”
God performed and gave us this story; not from a debt to us, not to satisfy His ego, but simply because of His great love!
He declared it in this text, “so loved…”
He defined it by illustration
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (Joh 15:13)
He demonstrated it on the cross
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:7-8)
It is the greatest story ever told because it meets the greatest PROBLEM – “…not perish…”
Meaning that we not perish in the place called hell because of our sin.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Rom 5:12)
For the wages of sin is death; … (Rom 6:23)
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Rev 21:8)
It is the greatest story ever told because He made the greatest PROVISION – “…gave His only begotten son..”
It was provided at the greatest cost – His only son
It was provided for the greatest coverage – all the world
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (2Co 5:14-15)
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1Jn 2:2)
It is the greatest story ever told because through it God CAN make the greatest Promise – “…not perish, but have everlasting life.”
…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If you have not received the greatest gift provided through the greatest story, please do so today. Repent, believe, call, and receive Him!
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