‘The Seven Cs’ of History (Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion,
Christ, Cross, Consummation) help us remember the big events which have affected,
and will affect, the history of the universe.
‘And she shall bear a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall
save His people from their sins. Now all this happened so that might be fulfilled
that spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive
in her womb, and will bear a son. And they will call His name Emmanuel”, which
being interpreted is, God with us’ (Matthew 1:21–23).
God’s perfect creation was corrupted by Adam when he disobeyed God. This disobedience
brought sin and death into the world. Because of Adam’s disobedience, and
because we have all sinned personally anyway, we are all deserving of the death
penalty, and need a Saviour (Romans 5:12).
God did not leave His precious, but corrupted, creation without hope. He promised
to send Someone one day who would take away the penalty for sin, which is death
(Genesis 3:15, Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23).
God slew an animal in the garden (a lamb/sheep?) because of the sin of Adam, so
Adam’s descendants sacrificed animals. Such sacrifices could only cover
sin—they looked forward to the time when the ultimate sacrifice would be made
by the One whom God would send (Hebrews 9).
When God gave Moses the Law, people began to see that they could never measure up
to God’s standard of perfection (Romans 3:20)—if they broke any part of the Law, the
result was the same as breaking the whole lot (James 2:10)!
They needed Someone to take away their imperfection and present them faultless before
God (Romans 5:9, 1 Peter 3:18).
God’s gift to us
Just as God has a purpose and plan for everything and everyone, so He sent His promised
Saviour at just the right time (Galatians 4:4). There was a problem, however. All humans
are descended from Adam, and therefore all humans are born with sin. God’s
chosen One must be perfect, as well as infinite to take away the infinite penalty
God solved this ‘problem’ by sending His Son Jesus Christ—completely
human, and completely God. Think of it—the Creator of the universe (John 1:1–3,14) became part of His creation so that He might
save His people from their sins!
Jesus was born to a virgin over 2,000 years ago in a town called Bethlehem, as the
prophets Isaiah (7:14) and Micah (5:2) had foretold 700 years previously. His parents
took Him to Egypt to escape the anger of King Herod, and the family later settled
Jesus fulfilled more than 50 prophecies made about Him centuries before, showing
He was the One, promised over 4,000 years before by His Father. While He spent over
30 years on Earth, He never once sinned—He did nothing wrong. He healed many
people, fed huge crowds, and taught thousands of listeners about their Creator God
and how to be reconciled to Him. He even used the book of Genesis to explain that
marriage is between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:3–6, quoting Genesis 1:27 and 2:24).
Jesus Christ came to Earth so that we might have eternal life with Him!
What was Jesus’ first miraculous event?
Many would answer ‘turning water into wine’ (John 2). However, the Apostle John says this is just the
first sign that Jesus performed in His earthly ministry. The Bible actually records
a miracle of Jesus that occurred over 4,000 years before He was even born. John
began his Gospel by saying that Jesus, the Word, ‘was God’, and, ‘All
things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into
being that has come into being’ (John 1:3). Paul tells us, ‘For all things were created
by Him … ’ (Colossians 1:16).
The first miracle Jesus performed that the Bible tells about is that of Creation!
Jesus the Christ
The list (linked to by the picture below) of people from Adam to Christ shows that
Jesus was a human—a descendant of the first man, Adam. In fact, Jesus referred
to Himself many times as the ‘Son of Man’ (e.g., Matthew 9:6, 12:40). The Bible also tells us that Jesus
was God. John says, ‘ … the Word [Jesus] was God,’ (John 1:1,14). Paul calls Jesus ‘our great God and
Saviour’ (Titus 2:13), and Thomas refers to Him as, ‘My Lord
and my God’ (John 20:28). Many addressed Him as ‘the Son of God’
(John 11:27, etc.)—a name which Jesus also used about
Himself (John 10:36). Matthew gives Him the title, Emmanuel, which
means ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23).
When Adam disobeyed God, the perfect fellowship he had enjoyed with his Creator
was destroyed. God promised that one day, Someone would be born—a descendant
of Adam—who would rescue His creation from the Curse that God had placed on
it (Genesis 3:15). This person was Jesus Christ—the Messiah.
This chart, to the right, lists all the men who were descendants of Adam and ancestors
God promised that David would always have a descendant on his throne (Jeremiah 23:5–6, 1 Chronicles 17:10–14). The legal right to this throne
was passed through David’s son, Solomon, to his descendants. Jeconiah (also
known as Jehoiachin), a great, great … grandson of Solomon and king of Judah,
was so wicked that God punished him by declaring that none of his children would
ever again sit on the throne (Jeremiah 22:17–30). This caused a ‘problem’
since Joseph, the supposed ‘father’ of Jesus, was a descendant of Jeconiah.
If Joseph had been Jesus’ biological father, Jesus would have had
the legal right to the throne, but would have been unable to occupy it
due to being under Jeconiah’s curse. God solved this problem by using Mary:
Jesus was the first-born son of Mary, a virgin (Matthew 1:23) and a descendant of David through another
son, Nathan. So Jesus has the right to sit on the eternal throne of David—legally,
through his adoptive father, Joseph; and physically, through His natural mother,
Mary. In this way, God’s promise, mentioned above in Jeremiah and Chronicles,
Matthew refers to four women (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba) in his list of people
from Abraham to Christ. The first three of them were not Israelites. All except
for Ruth had led immoral lives before trusting in the true God and turning from
their sins. The fact that God included them in the ancestry of His Son shows His
grace on repentant people.
The prophecies concerning the promised Messiah were made between 400 and 4,000 years
before Jesus was born. A few of those prophecies are listed here, along with the
places in Scripture showing where they came true.
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