Y’shua: an unfinished life
Copyright © 2014 by Stephen Ingraham
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Published in the United States by lightshedder press
Scripture taken from The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Where do the Y’shua poems come from?
“How do these stories come to you?” my daughter asked me, one upon a time, after hearing “Shepherd’s Watch” for the first time. The first Y’shua story (“Cana Wedding”) was written over 30 years ago now. I might go a year or more between sections, and then write two or three in the period of as many months (or even weeks). Whatever else I am writing in the meantime, I have considered, for several years now, the Y’shua stories to be my real work. “Do you just make up all the details? How do you figure out what to have the characters say—what they are all doing and going to do, and all that?”
Good questions. Considering the importance of Jesus in so many lives, and indeed, in the history of our culture, they are questions that must be asked. After all, how dare I?
While the stories are, for the most part, based on Jesus’ life as told in the Gospels (and on the stories Jesus told) they come to me almost like memories. I hear the people talking. I see what they are doing. At the same time I know that the Y’shua stories are works of pure imagination. I can only hope that the Holy Spirit has renewed my imagination along with the rest of me in Christ. I hope that the Y’shua stories are instances of what Jesus promised when he said “But when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” (John 16, 13 and 14, NIV) The best I can say is that the stories seem true to me, and if they seem true to you, then maybe they are true at least to the living spirit of Jesus, as he speaks to us today.
Y’shua’s life is, after all, most miraculously, an unfinished life. He not only lived: He lives. If he lives and speaks in these stories, all praise and glory be to God our Father, who first conceived the Son to save us, to give us new birth, and restore us to fellowship in the Holy Spirit. All praise be to the Father who dares to live in us in Jesus Christ.
And, of course, this is an unfinished work. As God gives me grace I will always be telling the story of my master and my friend, my life and my hope, of Y’shua, the Son of God and the Son of Man. This is just a start, just a down payment, on the unfinished story.
Thank you my Father, thank you Y’shua, thank you my Friend.