Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture- Redemption

This post is part of the series Grand Story of Scripture

Other posts in this series:

  1. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story Introduction
  2. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture – Creation
  3. Theology Thursday: The Larger Story of Scripture- The Fall

I love movies. I’ve seen hundreds of them in my lifetime. Good movies have a very similar structure to them. The movie begins and everything is good, then something bad happens, and the main character has to work to fix the problem. The climax of the movie happens whenever the main character does some sort of action that fixes the problem. Then the movie goes back to everything being good. Everyone loves the climax of the movie, because that’s when the good guy wins. What we’re looking at today is the climax of the grand story of scripture, the redemption.

When God saw that Adam and Eve sinned, bringing in spiritual death and dooming the rest of humanity to spiritual death as well, God didn’t just let them stay that way.  Genesis 3 tells us He immediately shares with them a message of good news that he will send a savior. After Satan deceived Adam and Eve into sinning God said to Satan “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” This refers to Jesus, who would be wounded on the cross, but ultimately would crush Satan through his death and resurrection.

Sacrifices were made in the Old Testament of sheep and doves for the forgiveness of sins. Those sacrifices were made in faith as the people of God believed that one day God would provide the perfect sacrifice, Jesus. The death of Jesus is the event that would bring about our redemption. Wayne Grudem writes “When we speak of redemption, the idea of a ‘ransom’ comes into view. A ransom is the price paid to redeem someone from bondage or captivity.” At the cross Jesus takes our imperfections, and gives us his perfection. He takes our sin, and gives us his holiness. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

This is the climax of all human history because this is where God is being merciful, forgiving, and gracious. The death of Jesus by crucifixion was no random act of violence; it was intentional, it was God’s intended way to pay for humanity’s sins.  Jesus’ death pays the ransom for our souls, and brings us out of spiritual death and darkness. This was the only way for us to be forgiven, for us to go from death, to life, and it is all a gift of God. God is merciful to us because all of the hatred, anger, and wrath that we deserved was put upon his Son. Jesus was lifted up high, and slaughtered so that we wouldn’t have to die. In the Fall we went from life to death, but in the redemption we go from death to life.

Practical Theology: This week spend 10 minutes in prayer, remembering who you were before you met Christ, and thanking Him for what he did to redeem you.

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