Tell Me the Story of Jesus


For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Tell Me the Story of Jesus is another hymn I have know most of my life. Like many others I first heard it sang at the Highland Park Baptist Church under the musical direction of Dr. J.R. Faulkner.  I am very thankful for my Christian upbringing but know that being born into a Christian family does not make one a Christian. None of us are born a Christian or become a Christian by joining a certain church or following a denomination.  We can pay to be a Christian or do enough good works to become a Christian. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The story of Jesus is simple. Humans were born into sin.  That sin puts us apart from God. Yet the Trinity knew man would sin even before God created man.  Before the foundation of Earth itself God made a way for man to be forgiven. It would be through His son who would come to Earth as a man, live a sinless life and give his life as a sacrifice, and then come up from death defeating the gripes of sin and death forever, for whosoever places their trust in Christ.

So, here is the story of Jesus in 26 words. It’s a story of love, the best love story to ever unfold. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Oh what love!

God is a God of love, but He is also righteous. God further inspired John, in his Gospel, chapter 3 to write. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:17-19). 

You see, God doesn’t want you to perish but He cannot accept sin.  We all will make a choice, believe on Christ and become a Christian or go our on way and believe not in the only One who can redeem us. 

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:4-6). Oh what a love story! 

Tell Me the Story of Jesus was written by one of my two favorite hymnists, Francis (Fannie) Crosby in 1880. John Sweeney added the music. The hymn has long since become a timeless treasure.

                     

Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Tell how the angels in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.”

Refrain: Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.

Fasting alone in the desert,
Tell of the days that are past,
How for our sins He was tempted,
Yet was triumphant at last.
Tell of the years of His labor,
Tell of the sorrow He bore;
He was despised and afflicted,
Homeless, rejected and poor.

Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,
Writhing in anguish and pain;
Tell of the grave where they laid Him,
Tell how He liveth again.
Love in that story so tender,
Clearer than ever I see;
Stay, let me weep while you whisper
,
Love paid the ransom for me.”

Tell how He’s gone back to heaven,
Up to the right hand of God:
How He is there interceding
While on this earth we must trod.
Tell of the sweet Holy Spirit
He has poured out from above;
Tell how He’s coming in glory
For all the saints of His love.

Sources: Timeless Truths, Cyberhymnal, King James Bible

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