Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 20: "Tell Me the Story of Jesus"

   You may think that I am fudging on this one, since you may not think of it as a true "carol". However, it is definitely a song about the birth of Christ, so I am taking the liberty! Don't skip over this one because it isn't "traditional"! Also, I didn't realize, but it is by Fanny Crosby. If you don't know her life story, look her up. She wrote over 8,000 hymns in her lifetime.  That alone is astounding, but she was found to be completely blind when she was very young. Instead of allowing her that to make her bitter and angry, she instead believed that it helped her to focus and rely on God. I was fascinated by her story as a child, and read multiple biographies. I loved playing her songs on the piano. I think we are all drawn to tragedy that turns into triumph and a humility that plays out in working earnestly for the Kingdom of God.  Hmmm, seems to me you can also find those themes in the life of Jesus...

Lyrics: "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" (Read the accompanying blog post if you have time!)

The Baptist Hymnal (1991): #122

Questions for thought and discussion;
1. The Bible has been called the "greatest story every told". Do you really believe that? What is so fascinating about Jesus? Do you think that planning a completely engrossing story was intentional on God's part?

2. We love a happy ending-truly, everyone does. The Bible gives us the opportunity to guarantee our own picture perfect conclusion: salvation through Christ means eternal life in heaven. Doesn't that make all this worthwhile? Why are we hesitant to proclaim that definite truth?

3. Stories of Jesus were told in Christ's own day! I love, love, love to think about that. What do you think they said? Was He a "celebrity"? Which story would you have liked to have witnessed?

Looking for the entire printable? Find it here.

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