The Story Of Us

We struggle with shame and rejection and many of us have been wounded. We sit here and look pretty, but there are wounds beneath our clothes. This is the story of us.

BUT it is also the story of the Cross!

The Cross is where the Loving God addresses our stories. God became one of us, clothed himself with our stories and embraced us. He decided to do something 2000 years ago to get us out of our struggles.

Isaiah 53

When God saw us in the ditch, he sent his only son, Jesus to come and pay the price for us. See what he did:

  • He was rejected by his closest friends, betrayed by his CFO/ accountant, and shamed in public, so that you are accepted and honored in God. (Verse 1-3)
  • He was smitten and wounded for our sicknesses and hurts. We have underserved healing. He paid the medical/emotional bill. (Verse 4,5)
  • The only righteous one was made sin for us, so that ours would be forgiven (Romans 6:23) He died the death of a criminal because our sin was upon him. He took the bullet for us. He became the substitute. (Verses 7-11)

Easter could mean a lot of things to each one of us but essentially, it is a celebration of a story, the story of us. You don’t have to struggle with sin. You can stage a prison break. It does not matter how dark your life has been. Or how hopeless things look. The son of Man went to the cross to state how much he loves you. And resurrected on the third day to give you eternal hope. Your sins have been forgiven! Accept the love!!

Embrace the cross and change your story!

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4 Responses to “The Story Of Us”

  1. Hi Pst S, and fellow bloggers 🙂
    Today’s sermon was timely and is timeless – never have i had such an awesome Easter!! Im in the REAL Easter spirit, thanks to God’s beautiful revelation of our story merging with His-story thru’ a song we sang during Communion (and the great sermon, of course…). The Story as narrated by this hymn “In Christ Alone” really brings out God’s great & undeserved love for us; His saving grace. Below is the story/lyrics – reading thru’ it in “meditation-mood” has a graeter impact 🙂

    IN CHRIST ALONE
    In Christ alone, my hope is found,
    He is my light, my strength, my song.
    This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
    firmed through the fiercest droughts and storm.
    What heights of love, what depths of peace,
    when fears are stilled, when strifing cease.
    My Comforter, my All in all;
    here in the love of Christ I stand.

    In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
    fullness of God in helpless babe.
    This gift of love and righteousness,
    scorned by the ones He came to save.
    Till’ on that Cross, as Jesus died,
    the wrath of God was satisfied.
    For every sin, on Him was laid;
    here in the death of Christ I live.

    There in the ground, His body lay;
    light of the world by darkness slain.
    Then bursting forth, in glorious Day,
    up from the grave He rose again.
    And as He stands in victory,
    sin’s curse has lost its grip on me.
    For I am His, and He is mine;
    Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

    No guilt in life, no fear in death;
    this is the power of Christ in me.
    From life’s first cry, to final breath,
    Jesus commands my destiny.
    No power of hell, no scheme of man,
    can ever pluck me from His hand.
    Till’ He returns, or calls me home,
    here in the power of Christ I stand.

    Happy-est Easter everyone! xoxo

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  2. Sheila Nyawira Says:

    He Loves us so He died that we May live – victoriously. Our weapons in Him are mighty to bring down strongholds because His power is great enough to bring the dead to life.

    Hallelujah to Him the beautiful Saviour and Awesome Ruler

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  3. Squeaky Says:

    I heard this story a while back and it may have been told a little bit differently. whoever the message still remains, that God loved us so much to let us die in eternity. I hope it blesses you ever so deeply like it did me back then and still does.

    Some years ago, on a hot summer day in South Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

    In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

    His father, working in the yard, saw the two as they got closer and closer together.

    In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could.Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father.

    It was too late.

    Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him.
    From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs…

    That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father, but the father was much too passionate to let go…

    A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams,
    raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

    Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal.

    And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father’s fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved.

    The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars.

    The boy lifted his pant legs.. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, ‘But look at my arms, I have great scars on my arms, too.
    I have them because my Daddy wouldn’t let go.’

    You and I can identify
    with that little boy.

    We have scars, too.
    No, not from an alligator,
    but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars
    are unsightly and have caused us deep regret.but, some wounds,my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He’s been there holding on to you…

    The Scripture teaches that God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way. But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril -and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack.

    That’s when the tug-of-war begins – and if you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful.He did not and will not ever let you go.

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  4. Dear Pastor S,

    tODAYS SERMONE WAS TAILORED AND DIRECTED TO ME FOOR I FOUND SO MUCH TRAITS THAT I HAVE AQUIRED AND IN THE PROCESS HURT MY FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHICH UP TO NOW LEAVES ME GUILTY. i WAS ABUSED SEXUALLY WHEN 15 YEARS OLD WHICH MADE ME HATE MEN . oF RECENT WHEN I THOUGHT ITS THE RIGHT TIME TO HAVE A MAN OR HUSBAND I AM FINDING IT HARD TO TRUST ONE WITH MY PASTWHICH AT TIMES MAKES ME CHEAT MYSELF THAT AM IN A RELATIONSHIP ONLY TO REALISE AM LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO FIT IN TO FORGET MY PAST BUT IN A WRONG WAY.
    YOU ARE DOING WHAT MANY WILL NOT DO IN A CHURCH BY ADDRESSING WHAT COVERS AND CATERS THE ENTIRE FAMILY. WAS GOOD MESSAGE BUT THANK GOD MY SON WAS NOT THERE WITH ME.
    BE BLESSED AS YOU PREPARE FOR OTHER SERMONS

    CHEROP

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