The New Testament

Greetings!

             We have made it! We are now entering into the life of Jesus in our journey through “the Story.” It has been long expected, and I am eager to see the coming of the Messiah unfold. I am sure all that we have studied thus far has prepared us for this climactic moment of God’s ultimate redemption.

A SHORT DISTANCE BUT A LONG TIME TO GET THERE
             Building up to God’s answer to humanity’s hopelessness has introduced a necessary context.  For the past 22 weeks we have experienced the glorious masterpiece of God’s creation (Genesis 1-2), the horrific event of humanity’s fall (Genesis 3), the rising of Abraham’s faith to rebuild God’s intended plan (Genesis 12), the establishment of a nation to display God’s glory(Exodus-Joshua), that nation spiraling into dismay because of their sinfulness(Judges-2Kings), and finally God graciously restoring them back to their intended place (Ezra-Nehemiah).

WHY ALL THE STOPS?
                Admittedly, it seems like a lot of unnecessary events took place before the coming of God’s redemptive Messiah. It makes us ponder why God allowed so much stuff to take place—why so much time between Adam’s sin and the coming of Jesus? Why didn’t God simply send Jesus the moment Adam sinned? These questions are obviously appropriate and are answered in profoundly simple terms: because God planned it that way.

WE ARE THE PASSENGERS; HE IS THE DRIVER
                 Jesus came when he did simply because God planned it that way from the beginning. In God’s sovereign and ultimate timing He sent his son to the earth to die for the sins of the world. Paul makes this clear in Galatians 4:4 where he says “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son…” Jesus came at the exact right moment! In fact God had intended it this way from the beginning as Peter in His sermon in Acts 2 makes unquestionable: “this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” All the events Of Christ birth, death, and resurrection were all planned by God’s divine will.

HE’S GOT IT COVERED
                   When we read through the biblical narrative we can get quite engulfed by all of the details surrounding Israel’s history and the coming of the Messiah. But if we step back from time to time and evaluate the big picture we discover that God has had His hand on every situation along the way. It is no coincidence that Jesus came when He did. And thank God that he did come. Because of Jesus sacrifice the entire world has the opportunity to receive salvation from God. In fact, that’s been God’s plan all along!

Waiting in great anticipation…,

Will JacobsTeaching Pastor