This time of year is usually a flurry of activity with plays, music performances, Nativity reenactments, and stories galore. But not this year. While some of these events may still take place, I do not believe during our time of Corona Virus social distancing they will take place to the full extent they have in years past.
The Christmas before Pie’s fifth birthday he was a shepherd in the church Christmas program. He wanted to share the story of Jesus. He knew his part, plus everyone else’s parts. When the teen next to Pie forgot his lines during one point of the performance, Pie nudged him with his elbow and said, “It’s your turn.” Then Pie proceeded to feed the teen his lines.
While many of us share the story of Jesus’ birth this time of year, I wonder. Are we as excited to share the story of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and what that means to the world?
As the last days of the Apostle Peter’s life drew near, he made it his mission to share the story of Jesus with his listeners. He wanted to “wake them up with a reminder” so they would not forget how the story of Peter’s life was entwined with the story of Jesus’ life.
The words Peter preached were not cleverly contrived myths. They were eyewitness accounts of Christ’s majesty. Peter warned the early believers not to become complacent. He warned them not to let the things of the world keep them from believing the story of Jesus.
The same warnings hold true for followers of Jesus today.
While we may not be in a position to share in the story of Jesus’ birth through a Christmas performance this year, we can share in the story of Jesus everyday, regardless of the date on a calendar.
How do you share in the story of Jesus?
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I wish you well.
We have not depended on made-up stories in making known to you the mighty coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. With our own eyes we saw his greatness. We were there when he was given honor and glory by God the Father, when the voice came to him from the Supreme Glory, saying, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased!” We ourselves heard this voice coming from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain. 2 Peter 1:16-1