Sunday, August 03, 2008

Christ

The most pivotal point in human history marks the revelation of Yahweh in his son Jesus. God became man and dwelt among us.

There is so much that one could say about this event, and it would be a futile effort for me to describe the life of Jesus here. But, maybe understanding Him in light of the other historical emphases we have made would be a worthy cause.

God is known for being covenental. He established his promise to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This promise was not just one of land and laws. Instead, He promised to bless them, and in fact He would bless all nations through them. Christ was no small part of this blessing which came from the seed of these men.

God then led His covenant people out of slavery into the Promised Land. He proved that in their hour of need, He would not forsake them. Likewise, in Israel's dark hour and while we were still sinners, Christ came.

God established leadership over his people, as they desired. But these kings were not what the people expected. Christ came as our everlasting king, and in an opposite way, he is not what anyone expected. He defined loyalty to the Father rather than defying him as the former kings had.

Finally, upon returning from the exile, it appeared that not all had been fulfilled. There was still captivity and a foreignness about the land of Israel. Redemption had not yet come. Christ alone was the one who could lead them out of spiritual exile and show the world the new purpose for Israel, and what God's people should look like.

Christ's appearance did not forget the long history of Israel. Instead, He was the absolute fulfillment of God's plans for the nation. No effort of God's was wasted before Christ, only fulfilled in Him. We cannot understand the history of God unless looking through the Incarnation (God made flesh) of Christ himself..


(This is part of the Half-Mil Bible history, focusing on key events in Judeo-Christian history every 500 years. The first post was on the Exodus, the second post was on the establishment of the monarchy, and the third post was on the return from exile.)

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