The Story of God

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The Story of God

by Matt Papa

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Let me tell you a story

it’s no ordinary tale

no it is the ordinary

from which every other story hails

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it’s the story of God

it’s the story of history

and I’m not the author

no, the Author is a glorious mystery

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see long before He would put

His pen to the paper

long before there was time

or before there was matter

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He was there, all alone

Father Son Holy Sprit

1 God in 3 persons

everlasting in existence

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completely satisfied

needing absolutely nothing

He was happy in Himself

and His joy was overflowing

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the Son in the arms

of His holy righteous Father

the Spirit overshadowing

all glorifying one another

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so why would this God

even bother to create

the fountain of all happiness

can you improve upon this state?

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well the joy within Himself

welling up at such capacity

was so full it must be shared

with a glorious society

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so the mighty Author, quill in hand,

to share His infinite mind,

His love His joy, sat down to write

His “once upon a time”

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in the beginning God created

the Heavens and the Earth

He made all things to reflect

His beauty and His worth

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mountains rivers oceans trees

all gladly testifying

endless stars and galaxies

declare His glory shining

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He made it all and it was good

and to culminate His work

He fashioned man

and breathed to life

His special ball of dirt

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man came to life with blinking eyes

& was welcomed by God’s face

they walked with Him every day and night

there was peace and no such thing as shame

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God said

be fruitful, fill the earth

and eat from any tree

except for this one

cause if you do you’ll surely fall from Me

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now why do this? and give this choice?

because He is writing a Story

and He’s about to show to whole world

The fullness of His glory

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conflict enters

early on in the script

with a snake in the garden

doing was he does best running his lip

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flashback to when

this evil was created

he was an angel of heaven

who fell when his head got inflated

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banished from God

and from His endless mercy

he came down to earth

to tempt us with the unworthy

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so there in the garden

on an ordinary day

he came to the woman and said

did God really say?

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that you should not eat

from every tree in the garden?

He must not want your happiness

or you would have total freedom

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so pridefully they listened

and sinfully they took

and scorned their creator

and they ate the forbidden fruit

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injustice. this, my friends

this is injustice

that God should be seen &

then treated as a nothing

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that man should completely forfeit his joy

and dig for fleeting pleasures

in the gutters of this world

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fallen now is all mankind

and sure to face His judgement

a world of pain, of toil and strain

and hell forever after

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but God would make a promise to

preserve Himself a people

and through the brokenness of man

o could there shine a hero?

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the plot line continues

some character development

all supporting actors

all fantastic as embellishment

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Noah found great favor

in God’s holy sight

and when God sent the floods

He mercifully preserved his life

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we come to Abraham

and God made him a covenant

He said “I will bless you

and make your offspring abundant”

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to Isaac and to Jacob

God would come and do the same

and though many dangers

came to threaten His perfect plan

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the story would go on

with the Author’s full control

and He would lead His people

everywhere that they should go

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flash forward now 400 years

in Egypt there’s a pharaoh

who doesn’t like God’s people

growing numerous in freedom

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so he made them slaves

but God came down and chose His servant Moses

a burning bush… a call to go

His presence was His promise

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go and tell that pharaoh now to

let my people go

so they can freely worship Me

in the place that I will show

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plagues.  numerous.

God would show that He is the I AM

that pharaoh’ rule is like a pawn

in His glorious hand

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the waters part. the millions leave

to follow their great Savior

He guided them provided for them

though they were so ungrateful

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at Sinai God gave the law

so perfect and so pure

His people soon discovered

they could not obey these rules

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they tried they failed

they tried they failed

compelled to live in sin

they’d bow to worship idols

then they’d bow to God again

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they said to God “give us a king”

and that will make things better

God, their rightful king, assured them

this would be a fetter

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they insisted, God relented

gave to them their kings

some were good, led them to Him

some brought idolatry

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God sent his prophets

“turn back to God”

sometimes the people listened

but mostly they just gave a nod

cause they all wanted to be Him

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“God will not wink at your sin”

the prophets would all say

the people rose to eat and drink

and left to go and play

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God finally seemed to have enough

and brought a blaring quiet

the prophets ceased, the people waited

400 years of silence.

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enter our protagonist

mostly unannounced

the plot is quickly rising now

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who is this guy?

nobody really knows

He meek…..He’s humble

unordinary hero

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but the craziest thing

about this character is well

unlike the other characters

this is the Author himself

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His name was Jesus

He was born of a virgin

fully God He was perfect

fully man He was learnin’

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different from all the others

but tempted just the same

in every single way we are

without a single sin

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He made the lame to jump

He caused the blind to see

and unlike the religious leaders

had some real authority

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cause He came from high

and He came to redeem

not to be served but to serve

His haters and enemies

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He loved, He gave

showed us the heart of the Author

claimed no glory for Himself

cause He came from His Father

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and we hated Him for it

cause we wanted to be God

despised and rejected

we esteemed Him not.

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conflict escalating now

it’s starts with a betrayal

Judas whores his eternal Lord

for 30 pieces of silver

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a final meal a prayer and then

they head into the garden

where Jesus sweat with drops of blood

preparing for our pardon

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The soldiers took the Lord away

and led him to a trail

“are you the Son of God?” they say

I AM there’s no denying

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Except of course for His disciples

who left their Lord in fear

Jesus looked up to the sky

He was all alone from here

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they led Him to the Pretorian

and then began to beat Him

“who hit you?” they would shout and say

“oh Father please forgive them”

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they made His back a bloody mess

they whipped Him till he lost his breath

they threw the cross upon His wounds

the weight of sin 300 pounds

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the great eternal Lord of all

the Author of all things

now like a lamb unto the slaughter

would this be His defeat?

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they nailed Him to the rugged cross

they shouted out “where is Your God?”

He said “have You forsaken me?”

He takes a breath, His final three:

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“It is finished”  the Savior’s cry

and then He bowed His head

the Author of life the Lord of all

the Son of God is dead

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they laid His body in a tomb

then everything was quiet

as God’s people find themselves again

in everlasting silence

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2 days pass.

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on the second morning after Jesus died

Mary went to the tomb to take a look inside

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and when she arrived she was

met by an angel

she fell to the ground but he said

there’s no danger

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this Jesus, Jesus

is He the one that you seek?

Mary He is not here

He is risen indeed!

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Climax, its true

every good story has one

the part where you feel

a slight shift of momentum

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Mary sprints to go

tell the disciples

the Lord, He’s alive!

He’s alive like he promised

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Peter and john go

and see for themselves

but there’s nothing there

they said “perhaps He truly lives?”

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then Jesus’ words

came flashing to mind

they will kill the Son of man

but after three days He will rise

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momentum is surely building now

the enemy is limpin’

Jesus finds the 12 and then

He gives to them the mission

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all authority is mine

all in Heaven and on Earth

go and tell them I’m alive

go and tell the whole wide world

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and don’t get slack

I’m coming back

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Acts now the church is born

the Holy Spirit given

the news of Jesus

like the most contagious sickness spreadin’

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thousands saved. A mighty wind

is blowing through the region

the promise God gave to Abraham

we’re finally starting to see it

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Repentance and forgiveness preached

All in the name of Jesus

Sinners and saints alike proclaim

Our God has come to save us!

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the Gentiles hear the story and

the news is blowing up

the plan is working, the gospel spreading

from Asia to Africa

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martyrs laying down their lives

cause they know this story’s true

it’s a story like no other

it’s a movement you cannot undo.

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Constantine tried to slow it down

and turn it into steeples

but an angry monk from Germany

wrote some holy gospel thesis

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it’s spread like fire, then it came

to America by sail

and here we are the twenty-first century

the gospel cannot fail

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It’s the greatest story

that’s ever been told

by the greatest Author the world has ever known

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but there is some still left to go

yes there is some still left to go

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see GO was the command

to every tribe and nation

and carry this great story to

this dying generation

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cause when this gospel finally spreads

across the whole of earth

we’re gonna hear a trumpet sound

and Jesus will return

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Heaven will be opened

and a white horse shall appear

and the One who sits upon it

all His enemies shall fear

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His eyes will be like fire

and His purpose will be glory

justice for all evil

life for all who love this story

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He’ll come to judge the quick, the dead

and all who’ve trod this world….every

knee will bow

and tongue confess that

Jesus Christ is Lord

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death and hades He will throw

into the Lake of Fire

and Satan too that serpent foe

that coward that old liar

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the church will rise

surround the throne

and clothed in glory His

with every nation tribe and tongue

we will worship Him

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singing Worthy Worthy

is the Lamb

The Lamb who has been slain

blessings honor glory and power

forever to His name

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and for ages and ages

we will sing

the praises of

our God and King

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it’s the greatest story

that ever been told

by the greatest Author

the world has known

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yeah the bad guys lose

the good guys win

Jesus is Lord of all

The End.