This week we have focused on how various witnesses understood the person of Jesus. The Apostle John called him “The Word” that existed at creation and incarnated to receive all who chose to be his children. Luke starts with the prophecy fulfilled, starting with the birth of John the Baptists, going to the details historically and geographically of the Christmas story with the angels and shepherds announcing the incarnation, God become flesh. Ordinary people become famous witnesses of history proclaiming Jesus as Lord. Matthew shares how Jesus was challenged by our epic villain, Satan, “If you are God…” prove it.
We will close this week with the hymn, “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations.” It was written in 1896 by H. Ernest Nichol, an English musician. People who were exposed to Jesus and understood him to be God, could not be quiet but had to share this wonderful relationship. This song captures the flavor of the missionary fervor. Please enjoy an old favorite.
1. We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to the right –
A story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light.
2. We’ve a story to be sung to the nations that shall lift their hearts to the Lord –
A story that shall conquer evil and shatter the spear and sword.
3. We’ve a message to be sung to the nations that the Lord who reigneth above –
Hath sent us his Son to save us and to show us that God is love.
4. We’ve a Savior to show to the nations who the path of sorrow has trod –
That all of the world’s great peoples might come to the truth of God.
Chorus: For the darkness shall turn to the dawning and the dawning to noonday bright, and Christ’s great kingdom shall come to earth, the kingdom of love and light.