Your Version of the Story

Everyone has a unique perspective. 

We see life through our own eyes.  No one else has our vantage point. 

This is why the Bible says that every judicial decision should be established on two or three witnesses.  It is a practice that still exists today.  To completely understand a story, there must be multiple people sharing was they saw from their perspective. 

The gospel story is the same way.  We have Matthew’s view as a tax collector turned follower of Jesus.  Mark writes down the stories of Peter.  The gospel according to Luke, is the collection of multiple sources who spent time with Jesus.  The final gospel of John is the most unique. 

John was written years later, and he wanted to write something different than the accounts already being shared.  Much of his gospel is built on the final week of Jesus’ life.  Within his story, he shares something that reveals his unique perspective.  He doesn’t call himself by name; instead, he refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Jesus was the same, and his work had not changed, but John’s view was through the eyes of a man who had a special relationship with Jesus. 

Upon rereading the words of John, I was gripped by the thought, “What is my version of the story of Jesus?” Am I the sinner whom Jesus saved?  Maybe I could be called the rebellious child whose father welcomed him home?  Perhaps I am better seen as the preacher who was saved by the grace he preaches?  I am not sure what label best describes me.  God is doing a work in me, and no one understands his efforts the same way that I do. 

The same is true for you.  Your relationship with Jesus is unique, and the Church needs to hear your version of the story.  It can be told in large groups, small gatherings, or in one-on-one situations.  It doesn’t matter where you share it, as long as you are sharing it somewhere.  The work of Jesus is being revealed in you, and you have a one-of-a-kind story to tell. 

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