For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:22-23
All of creation groans for the Lord to make things right. The Old Testament highlights many stories that proclaim a longing for fixing the mess. It is, by the way, a mess of our own making. When God finished creating, He said it was good. Mankind brought the chaos. Since that time, we have been looking for God to set things straight. We have tried but it is clearly beyond us. Even in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve hid their shame from God, by covering themselves with leaves, God intervened to provide their covering with animal skin.
From that point on, the Bible points to One coming to remove our shame and make all things new. Just like God slay an animal to provide the original covering, Jesus’ intervention would involve a blood sacrifice. In Genesis 22, God asked Abraham to do the unthinkable, to sacrifice his son. As they climbed the mountain to the altar Isaac carried the wood. A couple of thousand years later Jesus would also carry the wooden cross up that same mountain. Abraham was willing to offer his son because he believed God could raise people from the dead. Jesus was confident in the same.
The faithful people of God in the days of old placed their faith in a Messiah who was to come. Jesus’ victory at the cross and resurrection was applied backward in time to pay their price. Our legacy grows out of theirs. Our hope rests in the saving work of Christ two thousand years ago. His victory spilled forward to assure our redemption.
To be sure, the cross and resurrection of Jesus are history’s defining moment. In the next two weeks pivot toward your Saviour. Spend time reflecting on the price He paid to cover your shame.
Todd R. Marrah, Ph.D