In the beginning the world was perfect. It was exactly as God had created it. Everything was how it should be until that is Adam & Eve rebelled. Then everything changed.
Life feels that way at times, doesn’t it? Everything is perfect until it isn’t. The perfect job starts to show imperfections. A close relationship develops more distance. Savings dwindle down past the point of comfort.
Whenever things take a turn towards difficulty we strive to get back to perfection. Either by hard work or ending something only to start again we try to make things right.
Despite our best efforts not everything can be made right by our own merit.
As we studied together last week we cannot save ourselves by ourselves. We are in need of a savior. So who is that savior? And how do we know it’s him when we do see him?
God promised as soon as Adam & Eve rebelled in the Garden that God will send a Savior for the world. Their close relationship will be restored one day. Then throughout the Old Testament God ran a red thread through history for Israel, and us today, to know when the Promised One, Jesus was coming to Earth.
Let’s take a look at a handful of them.
First up is the prophet Isaiah wrote in some more detail the how & when Jesus was coming. Isaiah wrote 100s of years before Jesus’ birth that He would be born to a virgin (Isaiah 7:13-14). He also wrote that Jesus would not be physically appealing, that most people will overlook him (Isaiah 53). Much of what we see in the Gospels can be traced to Isaiah foretelling Israel to help them prepare.
Next we go to another Old Testament Zechariah. In the 9th Chapter Zechariah wrote about how Jesus would enter into Jerusalem towards the end. Kings rode into the city after a triumphant victory on a donkey. It was a symbol the Israelites would recognize as a king. They were hoping would be a great king like David kicking out their enemies & restore the land to them once again.
Jesus does expel their enemy, Satan and does restore peace within their souls with God in Heaven. Jesus rode on the donkey as a sign of humility & love.
Let’s take a look at Jesus’ family tree. Doing a little genealogy pre-internet we see that Jesus tracks his lineage all the way back to Abraham, the Father of Israel. His roots are solid in the line of Abraham. There’s no denying it. Check it out in Matthew 1. In there we also see how Joseph adopted Jesus as his own son, honoring God by raising God’s Own Son as his own.
These are just some of the spots to see the red thread running through the Old Testament pointing to Jesus. There are hundreds of them. What we see is God sewing that red thread through the story from the beginning through history, up to the life of Jesus demonstrating just what He will do for all of humanity.
Jesus steps into the history of the world to live the life we are supposed to live, dying the death meant for us, rising from the grave conquering sin, death & the devil so that we all may live with God for all of eternity.
Whatever is going on in your life don’t lose hope. Know that God loves you no matter what. Read the Bible to be encouraged. See how God makes plans covering all the details. Pray to see God’s Will in your life. Feel God’s love envelop you every day.
There is a red thread running through your life placed there by God. Stitch by stitch God’s Plan is being shown to you. Take a step back and see it in your life.
This Week’s Challenge
Take a look back on your life note in your journal the times you saw God’s red thread running through your life.