The Story of Easter Part 01
The Holy Bible begins with a simple yet profound account of the world's creation. Every day God spoke the words, and all of the natural world we know of came into being. On the sixth day, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26a) and thus, man and woman were created. God said it was good and blessed them. It’s easy to come to His word and see our lives at the center of it as if it is about us. Though we definitely should read scripture, applying truth to our spiritual walk and daily living, it is not about us.
It’s easy to come to His word and see our lives at the center of it as if it is about us. Though we definitely should read scripture, applying truth to our spiritual walk and daily living, it is not about us.
We know God wants a personal relationship with us like he had with the first man and woman. However, Adam and Eve betrayed God by believing in Satan, disguised as a serpent, thus introducing sin and death into the world. In Genesis 3, we read of the consequences of their disobedience, and in verse 15, the first promise is recorded: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Here is the promise of what the whole of the Bible is about. Here we have the first glimpse into our redemption through Jesus Christ. This is Who the Bible is all about.
From the first book to the last book of Revelation, all scripture points to the Redeemer. It is all about Jesus. In every story of man in his character, circumstances, successes, and failures, it is never about the man (or ourselves), but who these stories allude to for salvation in the Old Testament and reveal as the Savior in the New Testament. Jesus, the second person of the Godhead, came down from heaven, outside of time and space, to be born and become a man to fulfill a promise. He who was both fully God and fully man, came to reconcile us back to God. This is about Jesus coming to do the will of the Father, bringing all glory to Him. Our redemption by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is about this God ‘who so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Our redemption by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is about this God ‘who so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
You could summarize the whole of the Bible down to the verse in John 3:16. As the God who made all things in the beginning and loved Adam and Eve, He loves us and calls us to Him by His son, through the cross. In their sins, He still gave them a promise, a hope that only God Himself can provide, and it was God himself, in the form of man, that He gave to us, and that promise is still here for us today.
In John 10, Jesus shares the parable of the Good Shepherd. He says that he who enters the door is the shepherd of the sheep, and to him, the gatekeeper opens (v.2-3). Later in verse 7, He states, “I am the door of the sheep.” Only through Christ are we saved and brought into the family of God. He is the door, and He is the Shepherd. He lays down his life for the sheep, and he did it on the Cross, as the sacrificial lamb, atoning for our sins. When we open the Word of God, let His story unfold. With every recording of man’s history in the pages, see how it points to the one promised to bring redemption. Jesus changed everything. Jesus is everything. No one in history could ever be what and who Jesus is. It’s only Him.
Jesus is everything. No one in history could ever be what and who Jesus is. It’s only Him.
Now, as we await His return, we can read the pages of scripture and see His faithfulness. God keeps His promises and always will. He shows us throughout the word, and gloriously through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the center of all the Bible and it is a story of our redemption through Him.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine...
For I am the LORD your God...Your Savior...
You are precious in my eyes...
I love you...
Fear not, for I am with you...
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth,
Everyone who is called by my name,
Whom I created for my glory.”