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Plan of the Ages

When we come to Luke 22, understand that we have come to the major theme of the entire Bible, the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  Everything else in the Bible is preparatory to this.  The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the culmination of the Gospel that had been typified and prophesied throughout the Old Testament.   The life story of Jesus in the four Gospels comes to its climax in the last chapters of each of these four records.

The sacrifice of Jesus’ blood is a crucial necessity.  This is the reason for the incarnation of Christ. That is, our creator God, came down to this earth  and was born as a human being of the virgin Mary. God Himself caused Mary to conceive the holy child, Jesus.

It was not enough for Jesus to teach us how to live a holy, pure life.  None of us could ever attain to His standard of perfection.  We’ve all fallen short and as a result are condemned sinners facing the wrath of God.

But God in His amazing love and mercy devised a plan before He ever created the world whereby our sins could be forgiven and blotted from our records and we can one day stand before our Holy God in Heaven, through faith in His provision of His Son Jesus who died on the cross, shedding His blood as the one and only perfect atonement for our sins.  Those who receive Christ are eternally saved. Those who reject Him are eternally lost and doomed to eternity in hell.  

The cross was the heart of Paul’s preaching and it has been the heart of my preaching now for over fifty-three years.  Like Paul, my motto as a Christian and as a preacher is to know nothing but Christ crucified and risen again as our Saviour from sin.

The sacrifice of Christ’s blood for our sins is not new in the Gospels.  It is pictured and typified and symbolized and prophesied all through the Old Testament.   Read the prophecy of  His death and resurrection in Psalm 16:8-11.

Christ is first foreshadowed in the animals, no doubt  lambs, that were killed and the blood shed for Adam and Eve’s sin of disobeying God. The skins of those animals were used to clothe their nakedness.

Christ is also seen in the ark that Noah and his three sons prepared for the Flood they had never seen, nor could even imagine.  Those within the ark were saved when the flood came.  Those without drowned.  Christ is our Ark of deliverance from the coming judgment on all unbelievers.

In Genesis we read of  Abraham and his willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son, Isaac,  on an altar.  Isaac is a type of Christ whom the Father sacrificed for our sins.  But there’s another picture of Christ in this chapter.  Though Abraham was willing to trust and obey God in this matter, God did not allow Abraham to kill his son.  Instead, He provided a ram caught in a thicket to be the sacrifice instead of his son.  That ram is also a picture of Christ who was our substitute.  He took the judgment of God in our place.

In Exodus 12 we read of God’s institution of the Passover for Israel. They were to offer a lamb on the 14 day of Nisan which became the beginning of the year for Israel.  There are many wonderful details in that story that  you can read for yourself.  They all picture Christ, who was sacrificed as our Passover Lamb.  I Corinthians 5:7 teaches us that Christ is our Passover Lamb.

In Number 20 we read of how Israel traveling through the desert thirsted and God provided water from a rock.  That rock, I Corinthians 10:4 tells us, is a picture of Christ who was smitten on Calvary that we might drink the water of life freely.

Boaz, the husband of Ruth, is a type of Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer, who takes us, His Church, as His Bride.   Read  A Love Story under the category, LOVE on this web site  to read this wonderful story.

Jesus alone is that perfect sacrifice who:

1. Satisfies divine justice Isaiah 53:10-11

2. Atones for our sins.  Leviticus 17:11,  Romans 5:8-11

3. Propitiates or appeases the wrath of God on us because God has already poured out His wrath on Jesus in our place. Romans 3:23-28, and  I John 2:1-2.

When Jesus appeared at the Jordan River as a young man,  John the Baptist announced Him with these words,  “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29   Christ’s blood was sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world, but it is efficacious only to those who receive Him and trust Him as their Saviour.

And so the four Gospels,  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John present the life and ministry of Jesus, culminating in His death, resurrection and ascension for our sins.

The Book of Acts gives a history of the Early Church as they took the Gospel of Christ to the known world.

The Epistles give us a theology of the cross and explain our wonderful salvation.

The Revelation, the final book of the Bible shows us Christ as the Lamb of God, victorious over sin and Satan and  worshipped by His Redeemed throughout eternity.

So in our next message in this series we will begin our journey through the final days and hours of Jesus as He fulfilled the purpose for which He came into this world, to die and rise again for our redemption.

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Passion Week | Comments Off on Plan of the Ages