Redeeming. Restoring. Renewing

Great video from NewPointe Community Church in northeast Ohio.

This video communicates clearly something that has been on my heart as of late: the big picture of what the Bible communicates as the Good News.  The good news of why God has created us and what he is doing to ensure a current and ultimately future return to his intended purposes for the created universe, the earth, and human life.

The Bible communicates that the Creator God made the universe, earth, and humans that his creation might “teem” or flourish with vitality and perfect, loving communion with him (Genesis 1-2).

It also reveals how our first human ancestors started an ingrained trend that has been shared at some level by every human being since – making choices that break this communion with God and that bring about this chaotic thing that we know as death (Genesis 3).

From Genesis 3:15 up to Matthew 1 we follow the story line of how God chooses a group of people on earth from whose line he would raise up a male who would crush the problem of sin.

We learn in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John who this savior from Jewish decent is:  Jesus of Nazareth.  The male was God himself incarnate in human flesh.  God became a man and he had come to live the life that we cannot live, to die a death that he would accept as a substitute punishment for all human sin, and to raise from the dead, forever demonstrating his power over this most dreaded portion of human existence – the wage he had assigned to sin: death.

From Acts 1 to the end of Revelation, we receive highlights of how, through Christ, God is working in and through human life to redeem, restore, and renew all of his creation.

This world can be a cruel, confusing place.  Amidst these conditions, God has been and is making constant demonstration of his good, redeeming, restoring, and renewing will for his creation.

Lives transformed, marriages restored, communities rebuilt, diseases healed, enemies forgiven, innocent victims protected, the forgotten cared for.  He regularly communicated that this type of redemption is what his kingdom is about and is why he came:

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”  Luke 4:18

If you haven’t already: Stake your entire life and eternity on Jesus.  Make the decision to trust Him on all of this.  Receive his offer that His life, His death, and His resurrection secured a renewed, restored life for you.  Choose to be a part of History.  Choose to receive the Good News of Christ.

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