(Part 5 of 7)
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique son so that everyone who believes in him might not be lost but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ISV)
From the minute Eve sinned God knew what he would do. He could have destroyed it all, but chose instead to put a grand redemption plan in place. He would redeem us. He would purchase our freedom with the precious blood of His own Son. (I Peter 1:18-19)
(Redeem – Lytroo: to release on receipt of ransom; to liberate; to deliver, from evils of every kind, internal and external.)
Satan means to destroy. God intends to redeem. He is still a very good God who loves the creatures He has made. What he promised Adam and Eve in the garden was fulfilled when He sent his Son Jesus to become one of us. This God (Jesus) was willing to become a man to reach the ones He loves. What kind of God would even bother? Who pursues rebellious ungrateful subjects? Amazing love!
Jesus came with a clearly laid out purpose to not only live, but to die. To be the perfect sacrifice that the earlier sacrifices were just a shadow of. The story doesn’t end with His death, however. After three days God raised Him from the dead. When the women went to the tomb with spices the angels told them. “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.” (Luke 24:5-6a NASB)
The resurrection is the whole point of the story. The resurrection proved that Jesus was God and it showed God’s power over sin and death. He hasn’t left us in our sin. He has provided a way for us to be reconciled to Himself.
“and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; and you are still in your sins.” (I Corinthians 15:17 NASB)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NASB)
Tomorrow we will look at our response.
For further study see Isaiah 53:1-12; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:4-5; Colossians 2:13-14; I Corinthians 15:1-4