The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.John 1:17-18
The Bible is full of amazing stories… the Old Testament was filled with epic tales of God’s wrath and mercy. From Moses parting the Red Sea, to David and Goliath, or Joseph and his dreams, we are treated to stories of heartache, triumph, and redemption. The New Testament, is the story of Jesus, from birth, to death, to resurrection. The story of God as man, coming to endure heartache, triumph and redemption, for us His chosen people.
The stories in the Old Testament are wonderful, sweeping tales that give us a lot of insight into God, and in turn ourselves. But there is one theme that was and still is paramount in the New Testament story that is missing from all of the stories in the Old Testament, Redemption through death and resurrection. Each story is a foreshadowing of what was to take place on the cross, but it was never the end of the story. God had plans for us then, he knew what was going to happen, what needed to happen. There was an underlying theme to the stories, they were cyclical…humanity rebelled against God, God created a miraculous way for our righteousness to be restored, and in the end, God gave us grace. He found hope within his heart for us and bestowed upon his believers the knowledge that a final redeemer would come; a messiah that would shift our perspective, and put an end to our cyclical nature, allowing us to move forward without having to look backwards for answers. Humanity as a collective whole would be able to take God’s word and bring it to all corners of the earth.
The people of the Old Testament were rough and tumble, they were believers when the need suited them yet God kept giving them another chance. Despite their constant reluctance to follow his laws, or listen to his Prophets, God kept trying to get them to worship him wholeheartedly. God wanted to save his chosen people from destruction. His wrath was well known but it was their own in-fighting, a destruction of their own doing that he was trying to save them from. Unwilling to sacrifice his final creation, God came to earth in the guise of a man, Jesus. Jesus was the only person, in all of history, that could give us the redemption we so desperately needed. He would take the sins of everyone, those who had passed on, those living, and those yet to come. He would bear our burdens on his barren soul and die for us. And just as Lazarus rose from the grave, Jesus would rise three days after his death to establish his Church here on earth, instructing his apostles to bring his word to the world. Once this was done he would ascend into heaven and sit at the right hand of God, the culmination of our redemption.
Jesus restored us, He restores us everyday. He shows us just who God was and what he was doing. There is much we can learn from the Old Testaments stories, thankfully through the redemption of Jesus we are no longer doomed to repeat it.
Paul writes: “What I received I passed on to you. And it is the most important of all. Here is what it is. Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said He would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said He would be. He appeared to Peter. Then He appeared to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than 500 believers at the same time.”1 Corinthians 15:3-6 NIV
What was the point of God’s 1-2-3 pattern in the Old Testament? The point of the 1-2-3 pattern was to help us understand Jesus and his mission. It was to allow humanity a chance to fully understand God, His will, and His Vision for us. In order for us to receive and accept Jesus, we needed to see the pattern of the past.
What does His sacrifice on the cross reveal to you about God the Father? The symbolic sacrifice on the cross reveals a God who wants us to follow in his footsteps during our walk with Jesus. He wants us, his faithful children to, 1. allow ourselves to be rebelled against because of our faith, 2. He wants us to preach his message as Jesus did so that we can reach all of the nations of God restore humanity’s belief, 3. by following Jesus we can lead and live righteous God-driven lives. .
How can you live out gratitude for the grace you’ve already been given for your rebellion? I can continue to live a Godly life. I can keep going deeper in God’s word, with fellowship, being active in the church, and leading an active Christian life in my community. Being active in prayer for not only myself, my family and my friends, but for others as well, including my community, my country and the world. I need to take God’s Grace and extend my hand to those that don’t know his Grace, making believers out of all the nation’s.