We always sang a chorus of the hymn “Tell Me the Old, Old Story” as a transition between the scenes of my school’s fourth grade pageant about Jesus Christ. As a young girl, I thought these lyrics referred to the pageant script, which was exactly the same every single year.
My mother explained that the truly “old, old story” was the message of the gospel, not my teacher’s version of it. At that young age, I could not truly grasp the concept of the story of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection being passed from generation to generation of believers. Two thousand years later, this powerful story continues to be shared by people of all ages in a variety of ways.
Paul is not giving an eyewitness account of Christ’s death and resurrection, but he reminds us that the most important part of this story is not the storyteller. It is that “you have come to believe.” (verse 11)
Unchanging God, help us to boldly share your story through our words and actions. Amen. — KLS