Sunday, January 4, 2015

One Starry Night and Plan B

     Embarrassing moment number 4 million seventy-two:   Last Sunday, when I tried to share a slide show from our church's One Starry Night event the video refused to play.  Some kind of technical difficulty.  I told our Pastor in the fellowship hall after the service that regrettably, I had no Plan B.  My message for the service was the slide show.  It reminded me of a story that Pastor had shared a while back.

     A fictional story is told of a time shortly after Jesus was raised from the dead and returned to heaven. The angel Gabriel was talking with Jesus and congratulating Him on having defeated the devil with His death on the cross, resurrection from the grave. and the salvation of men.  Gabriel, an angel with a type A personality, wanted to know what the plan was to announce the salvation of mankind. Gabriel suggested that perhaps they should call out the angel worship team. The heavenly choir could appear in the sky to proclaim the good news to all of the world.
     But Jesus responded, “No, Gabriel, my followers are going to tell the world about Me.”
     “Your followers!” Gabriel gasped. “Jesus, You can’t be serious!”
     “Oh, but I am,” Jesus replied. “I’ve told the ones who believe in me to tell everyone they know abut Me. And then they will tell the people that they know, and on and on, and, well, they’ll get the word out.”
     “But Jesus,” Gabriel responded, “You can’t trust them! Look at how they’ve failed! Remember how scared they were when you were arrested? Peter even denied he knew You.  And, this is the most important message ever! The people of earth can experience peace with God because of what You did! Shouldn’t we angels tell the news?”
     Jesus shook His head firmly.
      Gabriel gave it one last try, “But, what if they fail? What’s plan B? Can the angel choir be plan B?”
     Slowly, deliberately, Jesus replied, “They must not fail. There is no plan B!”
     For two thousand years, people have been telling others about Jesus.  About His life and resurrection.  About His birth One Starry Night.
     So this time, the story was my plan B, and the video once again refused to cooperate.  But you can see it here below!

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