"Please tell me that story again . . ."
"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." John 21:25 (NIV)
In a fast food restaurant off interstate on a hill in Bowden, Georgia, over a steak-finger basket and a chicken sandwich, my dad was telling me this story recently. It was much better than my chicken sandwich.
Years ago, Mr. Billy Wilhite had this precious daughter, older than me by a few years, maybe a junior in high school when I was a fourth-grader or so. She was saved in the church where daddy was pastor, a sweet soul who signed up for a mission trip and found herself in another country telling little boys and girls there the story of Jesus . . .
. . . Born of a virgin in a stable, lived a perfect life, poured out himself for others, died for all, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world . . .
. . . And then, He was resurrected by God, who saw in His Son the perfect sacrifice for sinful man, a Son who now holds the keys to Heaven and to Hell, a Son who wishes that no one should perish, but that all would have everlasting life.
The little ones sat with legs crossed in a semi-circle around this small-town, teen=aged girl as she told them the story. And as she finished, one of these small boys, never taking his eyes off hers, unfolded himself, walked toward her, cupped her face in his little hands and, tears on his cheeks, said, "I love that story. Please, tell me that story again."
And she did again. And then he did again.
"I love that story. Please," he said, "tell me that story again."
We all know the story. Some of us think it's folly, the Bible reminds us. And some of us have grown hard-hearted to it. But if you have ever been touched by The Master, this simple story is the most amazing you'll ever hear . . . the most loving and the most hopeful.
How long has it been since, like this little boy, you've cupped your hands toward Christ's face and said, "I love that story. Please, tell me that story again."
"Tell me the story of Jesus
write on my heart every word
tell me the story most precious
the sweetest that ever was heard."
-- Fanny Crosby
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