Wondrous Stories!

YES“I beg your leave to hear your Wondrous Stories”  Yes

I don’t know how many of you ever heard of the rock band Yes. They were big in the 70’s along with Emerson, Lake, & Palmer and other classical rock bands.  They had great tunes, arrangements, and lyrics.  I hadn’t listened to them for a very long time and found a CD I have of their greatest hits.

“Wondrous Stories” was always a favorite of mine; lyrical with floating melody, it seemed to lift you to another part of the world…or maybe another world with the idea of hearing someone’s Wondrous Stories.

It’s so sad that we’ve become so familiar with the story of Creation and salvation that we’ve lost the sense of awe and wonder in those true tales, those Wondrous Stories.

star-of-bethlehem1“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”    Matthew 1:23

God came to earth as a human being to pay the penalty of man’s disobedience. The Virgin, Mary, was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and gave birth to the very Son of God.

But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.    Romans 5:15

Adam and Eve sinned. We are from their very flesh and bones, so sin comes to us all as an inheritance as surely as our genetic makeup.  So, by Jesus, one man, we can be absolved of our sin, joining with Him in faith.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.    Hebrews 4:15

temptation-of-jesusThis is, for me the Most Wondrous chapter of the story; He endured temptations as we do, but He didn’t give in. He could have gone off the rails at any point, because He had Free Choice.  Think on it!  Jesus could have sinned, He could’ve slipped up at any second and found Himself damned along with us!

So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine.    John 4:46

In prayer, Jesus performed miracles during His short ministry of the Gospel, proving His divinity. He saved a wedding from disaster by making up the shortfall in wine, making it from water.

…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.    Acts 10:38

He professed that He could do nothing apart from God. He began battling against Satan even at this time before the final showdown.

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. ThenFeeding the 5000 a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased…He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”… Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”… And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples[a] to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over.   John 6 Selected Verses

Nuff said.

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,[a] and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”   Matthew 28:1-7

Jesus allows Himself to be captured, tortured, and crucified, suffering the fate we should have.  Having endured that – including being completely forsaken by God in the midst of His suffering – He is raised from the dead by God, shows Himself to His disciples, and just before ascending to heaven, He tells them – and us,

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”    John 14:2

Are those some Wondrous Stories, or what? Easter-Banner3

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