The Disciples Picking corn on the Sabbath (Doré, Gustave). Click image to enlarge.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
The fall left man’s relationship with God in tatters; ripped in two; torn asunder. Sin is an impossible obstacle for man to deal with or overcome as every inclination of his heart seeks for that which it ought not to; every fibre of his being craves that which further alienates himself.
Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God, takes away the sins of the world. His death on the cross as a substitute for sin satisfies the wrath of God. The serpent’s head is truly bruised and God’s promised redemption is realized.
The apostle Peter captures the broad brushstroke of Scripture by commenting,
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1 Pet 1:18 – 21)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn 3:16)
The Bible is a record; it’s a record of who God is and what He’s done. The story unfolds through the lives of those whom He has chosen to use to His own end.
The Bible is a story; it’s a salvation story. It’s a narrative of how God’s love is a demonstration Him saving those who are unworthy of redemption, unworthy of grace.
The Bible is an indictment against the wicked whose hearts are hardened and a confirmation of the righteous whose salvation is secure. It is damning evidence against those who’d seek to make themselves right before God in their own strength and the saving proof for the contrite heart who rests in God’s provision for their eternal soul.
As we scan through Scripture viewing the salvation story unravelled across its pages we’d do well to proclaim with the prophet Jonah, “Salvation is of the LORD.” (Jon 2:9b)
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This series attempts to answer the question, “Present a “Royal Line of Salvation” throughout the Old and New Testament. Start at Genesis 3:15 passing through Isaiah 9:6 and ending at John 3:16. Join together at least twenty verses outlining the salvation story.” by giving a chronological account of the genealogy of Christ recorded in Luke 3.