Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

If you are a fan of reading, as I am, you probably love a great adventure story. I’ve got one for you; Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a master storyteller. The main character of the book is Louie. He was a thief until he discovered running. He ran so well that he qualified for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. He met Hitler. He stole a Nazi flag right from under the noses of Nazi guards. He joined the military and became a bombardier. After a plane crash, he and two other survivors were adrift in the Pacific for 47 days until they came to the Marshall Islands, only to be captured by the Japanese. And from there, the story goes into overdrive!

Well, believe it or not, Unbroken  is not a work of fiction. The main character was Louie Zamperini who died on July 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 97.

What a great story! But Christ followers know of a greater story, a rescue mission of eternal importance. It’s found in the Bible and the main character is Jesus. The plot line goes like this: He was God, the resident of a perfect place, knowing the inhabitants of earth were in dire straights. They needed to be rescued from their sins and no one was able to do it. So He voluntarily left His home and took up residence on earth as a human to live among those He came to save. 

But He was despised and rejected by men. They loved the darkness of their sin rather than the glorious light of Salvation. Rather than admire Him, they humiliated Him and eventually put Him to death, the horrific death by crucifixion. And that’s where the story really kicks in! After 3 days in the darkness of a tomb, He came to life—resurrection. He accomplished His mission of salvation by overcoming death and the grave, and He is alive today. 

How does the story end, you ask? With our victory in heaven with Him for all eternity.  

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2 Peter 1:16

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