It is time to transition out of the Old Testament and back into the New. Since we started looking at the names of God last fall, we have seen a very detailed profile of who God is, and how He was perceived by those that passionately sought him. Still, with that rich history, the people of Israel continued to stray away from God and attempt to live lives that were independent of His love and leadership. So, after leading them to the promised land, establishing them as a nation, watching them push Him away as their leader and demand a king; God still loved them. Next, He attempted to place them in the hands of Godly kings–only to have the kings also reject him and try to lead the nation independent of him.
Finally, it was time to execute His promise from Genesis–send the Messiah. The people of Israel had been watching for Him for generations, the one that would finally deliver Israel from their enslavement and make them free. The sad news was, that Israel still had no idea that the freedom they needed was not the freedom they sought. God sent Jesus to free them from sin and eternal separation from Him. He was restoring to them a life of purpose, and an eternity of completeness and joy. The people, sadly, were still looking for a warrior king to make them great on the world stage and in the world’s eyes. As we track through the book of Matthew, it is going to be amazing how God made clear that He was fulfilling the prophecies laid out throughout the Old Testament.
God had delivered on the promises to His people; all he had left to offer–was himself. He loved us and as any loving father would, He did not spare even His own life for those He loved! That is the Good News, That is the GOSPEL!
God Bless You
Romans 5:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.