The Greatest Story Ever Told

Over the Centuries there have been many stories, great stories, stories that they even made into movies. But there is no greater story than God’s story. You can not say this is the best of God or that is the best of God, because God has no bounds. There is one time in the Bible that God says this in Hosea 14:4, “The LORD says, ‘Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; My love will know no bounds, for My anger will be gone forever.’” 

We know this, that God is love. 1 John 4: 8 tells us this, “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” We also know this, there is no greater love than one who lays down his life for another, John 15:13. We have designated the second month of the year for love. God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son, John 3:16. A son is always second to his father, maybe this is why we chose the second month. The son should always be the image of his father. Yeshua was just that as Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us, “Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently He spoke to us directly through His Son. By His Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God His Father, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what He says, powerful words!” God’s love knows no bounds. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a says this about love, “ Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.  It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.  It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” Love knows no bounds so love never ends. When we look at the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 it says much of the same. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control.” This is a picture of the Messiah, the perfect Lamb of God, the Son of the Father. We do not dwell on the love of God. We do not pause and reflect on such great love, and we as children of the same Father, do not resemble His great love.

Isaiah 53 speaks of Messiah’s great love for us,  “He was despised and rejected by people, one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness; people hid their faces from Him; He was despised, and we considered Him insignificant. But He lifted up our illnesses, He carried our pain; even though we thought He was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; He endured punishment that made us well; because of His wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack Him. He was treated harshly and afflicted, but He did not even open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not even open His mouth.”

Yes, you could look at it as if it was an injustice done to Him, because He did nothing wrong and yet, He suffered and died for our sins. Yes, love bears all things and endures all things and it is not self-serving. Shouldn’t we be part of this greatest story ever told? As children of the Father, we ought to be like Him. God told the children of Israel that He was holy and they should also be holy, but 

1 Peter 1:16 tells us that we too, must be holy (set-apart). And how are we to live so that we will be holy?  First you must pursue it as Hebrews 12:14 tells us,  “Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord.” Second, we must lay our lives down as Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service.  Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” 1 Peter 2 1-5 adds this, “So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.  And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness. So as you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and precious in God’s sight,  you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Yeshua the Messiah.” And we will end with  Colossians 3: 8-17, “But now you also, rid yourselves of all of them: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene speech from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you stripped off the old self with its evil practices,  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created it—  a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, and free, but Messiah is all, and in all. So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so must you do also. In addition to all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  Let the peace of Messiah, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful.  Let the word of Messiah richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

What a story and we are a part of it!

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