The 25th of December is a significant day to the body of Christ. All across the globe, people gather in churches to remember the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. For Kuala Lumpur Baptist Church, this year’s celebration was especially momentous, as their very own Singing Ambassadors performed a brand new musical called, The Story.
The Singing Ambassadors creatively incorporated a local twist to their musical, in which video gamer-turned-celebrity, Jerry Won, has a dream that he died and was not allowed into Heaven because he lived his life solely for himself. It is in this dream that an angel appears to him and asks him if he has ever heard the most important story in all of history.
Arranged and orchestrated by David Hamilton, The Story presents a narrative of God’s story from the creation of the world, all the way till Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, and the hope we have in His second coming. In between, songs that tell of God’s love for His people and the gift of Salvation that we can have in Him, the stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, David, and other characters were told.
At the end of the final act, Bro. Frederick Kok, who plays the character Jerry Won, shared his testimony of how he himself had a dream in which he was brought to Heaven only to find that his name was not written on the list that would include him as one of God’s own. “It was a wake up call for me to do something for God,” he said. “I have been a Christian for a long time but I had been taking things for granted. On that great day when Jesus comes, God is going to ask each and every one of us, ‘What have you done with My story?’”
Ps. John Kok then delivered the Christmas message—a message we also know as the Gospel. “We have a story to tell you this morning,” Ps. John said. “It’s not about food, fun, and parties. It’s not about Santa Claus, Frosty the snowman, or Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. The story that I want to share with you is God’s story—a story of a true God who loved us and provided a way of salvation to eternity.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
“This story started with a perfect world. God created the heavens and the earth, and on the sixth day, He created the first man, Adam. Everything He created was good, except this: God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper.’ So Eve was created from the rib of a man. And God put them together in the garden of Eden to care for it.
“He gave them this command: ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you will surely die. It was a very simple and straightforward command: ‘Don’t eat.’
“But the following tragic account took place: Eve was tempted by the devil, ate, and gave some to Adam. Here begins the story of disobedience, lies, and sin, which resulted in eternal separation from God. From Genesis to Revelation, the first and last book of the Bible, it is about God’s love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness.”
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
“We sin and continue to sin, and continue to be led astray,” Ps. John said, “but God’s story reveals that He has not given up on us. Instead, He acted out of love at a great personal cost on our behalf. He gave us His one and only Son. We have to ask ourselves, what could be more precious and costly than that? Would you be able to do that?
“This is the Biblical definition of God’s love. He gave His only Son. The goal of God’s love is salvation. Whoever believes in Him may be saved. Salvation means, ‘You will not perish. You will experience eternal life.’ This life is better, deeper, more holy and more abundant than the life we have now, and this is available to each and every one of us.
“Jesus, the Son of God, became man. This is Christmas. Jesus suffered for our sins and died on the cross. This is Good Friday. On the third day, He rose again. This is Easter. All this happened because of the world. Because of us.
“This is the story we want to share with you. Will you receive it? The Bible says you have to believe. Nobody can do that for us. My friends, you have nothing to lose by believing. We are the reason that He came and died. On that great day, will our name be on the list? If it is not, we lose everything: our soul, eternal life, and heaven.
“We should have been nailed to the cross for our own sins, but someone else did that for us: Jesus. Jesus loves us, and He provided a way back to God for us. Without Jesus, there is no Christmas. For it is He who came to save His people from their sin!”
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