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The Story

– Have You Ever Wondered? –

I Have An Idea…

Have you ever wondered if you would have taken Jesus seriously if he had stood before you and said, “Follow me?”

What would you have done?

 

“The Story” takes the concert-goer from Herod’s fury to John the Baptist in the river and all the way through to the resurrection as the bones of the past rattle your heart and ask you to consider the question; “Which side would you have chosen? Would you have followed him if you would have been there… when he changed the water into wine, gave the sermon on the Mount, and was carrying the cross up the hill.?”

The Cabaret

Introduction by the Devil – Pick a Side

Ladies and gentleman, can I have your attention, please…. When you think about it, you only have two options: the side of Jesus or one of the many “cabaret” song-&-dance shows trying to vie for attention, each supported by a worldview…and likely the devil. Either way, you have to pick a side, so… pick a side!

Reborn

John the Baptist

Born to Zechariah and Elizabeth, John the Baptiser was a prophet who preached about repentance and the coming of the Kingdom of God. John’s primary mission was to prepare the way for Jesus, urging people to be baptized as a sign of their repentance and forgiveness of sins. He lived an ascetic life in the wilderness, wearing camel’s hair clothing and eating locusts and wild honey. John was eventually imprisoned and executed by Herod Antipas, but his legacy endures as a key forerunner to Jesus’ ministry. This is his song.

40 Days In The Wilderness & The Tempting

Lyrics & Video – Coming Soon

Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness, enduring temptation by the devil, epitomize his profound spiritual journey and resilience. After his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus retreated to the desert, fasting and praying. During this time, Satan approached him with three temptations: to satisfy his hunger miraculously, to gain dominion over the world in exchange for worship, and to prove his divine identity through a spectacular display. Each time, Jesus steadfastly resisted, drawing on Scripture and reaffirming his commitment to God’s will. This period of testing symbolizes Jesus’s triumph over worldly temptations and his preparation for his ministry, emphasizing his unwavering faith and moral strength in the face of adversity.

What would you say?

The Temptation by the Devil

After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, he was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days and nights. During this time, He was tempted by the devil in three significant ways. The devil first challenged Jesus to turn stones into bread to satisfy His hunger, but Jesus responded by quoting Scripture, emphasizing that man does not live by bread alone. The second temptation involved the devil urging Jesus to throw Himself from the pinnacle of the temple to prove His divine sonship, but Jesus refused, citing that one should not test God. Finally, the devil offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in exchange for worship, but Jesus rebuked him, declaring that only God is worthy of worship. Through these temptations, Jesus demonstrated His steadfast faith and obedience to God, setting an example for overcoming sin and temptation. …The question is, what would you say to the devil if he tempted you?

Zebedee

Follow Me

As Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee, He saw the brothers James and John, the sons of Zebedee, mending their nets in their father’s boat. With a commanding yet inviting call, Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately, James and John left their nets and their father to follow Him. Zebedee, their father, watched as his sons responded without hesitation. While the sudden departure might have been startling, Zebedee likely felt a profound sense of pride and awe. Witnessing his sons chosen by the revered teacher to become His disciples would have been a moment of immense honor and significance, marking the beginning of their extraordinary journey of faith. This song is an attempt to capture what must have gone through their hearts and mind at that moment.

Nicodemus

The Rabbi

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council, sought out Jesus one night to ask Him profound questions about faith and salvation. He was intrigued by Jesus’ teachings and miracles and wanted to understand more about His divine authority. During their conversation, Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about the necessity of being born again to enter the Kingdom of God, emphasizing spiritual rebirth through water and the Spirit. This dialogue highlighted Nicodemus’ genuine curiosity and desire for spiritual truth, setting the stage for deeper revelations about Jesus’ mission and the nature of God’s love. However, his position as Rabbi has always made me wonder what kind of conversations he had with others.

“The Sermon on the Mount”

The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes, delivered by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount, encapsulate his teachings on spiritual values and the nature of God’s kingdom. These eight blessings outline a radical vision of blessedness, highlighting qualities such as humility, compassion, purity of heart, and peacemaking. Jesus turns societal norms upside down by proclaiming the blessedness of the meek, those who mourn, and the persecuted. Through the Beatitudes, he challenges his listeners to embrace a counter-cultural ethic of love and righteousness, promising that those who embody these virtues will experience true happiness and inherit the kingdom of heaven. This profound moral and spiritual teaching continues to inspire and guide believers, offering a blueprint for a life centered on faith, mercy, and justice.

Our Father – Prayer & Forgiveness

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the crowd about the essence of true prayer, emphasizing sincerity and humility over ostentation. He introduced the Lord’s Prayer as a model, guiding them to approach God with reverence and trust. Jesus urged the people to pray in private, avoiding the performative prayers of hypocrites, and to seek a genuine connection with God. His teachings highlighted the importance of forgiveness, dependence on God for daily needs, and the desire for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. This moment underscored the transformative power of heartfelt, humble prayer in the lives of his followers. The song “Our Father” provides a glimpse into that day.

The Prodigal Son

The Sermon on the Mount and the Parable of the Prodigal Son are two cornerstone teachings of Jesus that encapsulate his message of love, forgiveness, and the Kingdom of God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus outlines the principles of his Kingdom, teaching about humility, mercy, peacemaking, and the transformative power of love and forgiveness. He calls his followers to live righteously, love their enemies, and seek God’s will above all. Complementing these teachings, the Parable of the Prodigal Son vividly illustrates God’s boundless grace and forgiveness. In the parable, a wayward son squanders his inheritance but is warmly welcomed back by his father upon returning home, symbolizing God’s unconditional love for repentant sinners. Together, these teachings underscore the central themes of Jesus’ ministry: the call to a higher standard of righteousness and the assurance of God’s unending compassion and forgiveness for those who turn back to Him.

I have to wonder, if I would have heard that story, would I have understood it?

The Last Supper

The Betrayal

The Last Supper is a pivotal event in Christian tradition, depicting Jesus Christ’s final meal with his twelve apostles before his crucifixion. During this meal, Jesus reveals that one of the apostles will betray him, which leads to the dramatic moment when Judas Iscariot is identified as the betrayer. Despite having been a trusted disciple, Judas’ betrayal is motivated by his agreement to hand Jesus over to the authorities for thirty pieces of silver. This act of treachery ultimately sets into motion the events leading to Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, making Judas a central yet tragic figure in the narrative of the Last Supper.

The Kiss

Judas and The Separation From God

Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus with a kiss is one of the most poignant moments in Christian narratives. As one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, Judas was privy to Jesus’ teachings and miracles. However, ignoring all of it, he conspired with the chief priests to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas led a group of soldiers to arrest Jesus. To identify Jesus to the arresting officers in the dark, Judas gave Him a kiss, a gesture typically associated with affection and respect, thus marking Him for capture. This act of betrayal, with such an intimate sign, has since symbolized ultimate treachery and deception in Christian teachings. Freewill and greed, combined, make for some terrible decisions, especially for the one making the decision.

Prelude to Hope

Guidar Instrumental

when life gets crazy… There is hope in Jesus.

Have you ever wondered?

What it would be like…

The Story is a collection of songs that asks he question, “what would you have done if Jesus stood in front of you and said we he did and did. what he did.” Would you follow him or deny him, putting him in the pile of other false profits. I have often wondered if I would have followed. I’m not sure I would have. This first song asks this question of the listener.

He Has Risen!

The Finale of Life

I have more pieces that include the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples and Saul being struck down but I feel like I have taken enough of your time. Just text me if you have further interest and I will show you them.

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