Greatest Story Ever Told
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, KJV).
Scripture: John 3:16-21
Song: “Wonderful Words of Life”
Who among us doesn’t like to tell stories of the good old days? The Old Testament abounds with stories told around cook-fires and passed from generation to generation. History, poetry, songs, prophecies, letters, creeds, gospels—all the genres of Scripture give us instruction, comfort, and hope. But it’s the stories, especially, that seem to speak so powerfully to the human heart.
Held in one hand, this small book, the Bible, tells a myriad of stories. I remember when my Sunday school teacher told the Bible’s stories with the use of a flannel board. Even though I know that flannel boards are still a teaching aid for toddlers, electronic devices now tend to replace it. As our teacher told the story of Noah’s ark, she would place the cutouts of Noah’s ark on the flannel board. The story became real-life to us kids, even if conveyed in flimsy felt.
Another thing we did was memorize Scripture. The goal was to receive the reward: a bookmark with the matching verse and picture of the Last Supper (or Jesus knocking at the heart’s door). To this day, I repeat John 3:16 only in the King James Version.
Dear Father, how blessed I am for the teachers who told me the Bible’s stories at a young age. I give thanks that You gave each of them the gift of storytelling. I ask Your blessing on the Sunday school teachers who continue to pass the stories from generation to generation. In the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, amen.