ONCE UPON A TIME

12
Jun

Once Upon a Time

The story of man’s redemption is like every love story that begins with “once upon a time” and ends with “…and they lived happily ever after” Man, the crown of all God’s creation was lost in the jungle of sin. He couldn’t help himself neither could he bring himself out. He needed a Saviour. It is like a man who is drowning, such a person does not need a sermon on how to prevent drowning or 7 steps to swimming effectively. What he needs is a rescuer. And that was what God did in Christ. Isaiah the Prophet of old spoke about Him

“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour” (Isa. 43:11). God the Saviour manifested Himself as a Man. Only a man could rescue men.

The rescue of man from the dungeon of sin couldn’t have been undertaken by an angel or any other being. “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of GOD OUR SAVIOUR; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS ” (1Tim 2:3-5). Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the LIKENESS OF MEN: AND BEING FOUND IN FASHION AS A MAN he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross(Phil.2:5-8). If God would have to rescue man, He had to become a man.

Mary in response to the prophecy of Elizabeth said “…My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD MY SAVIOUR”(Lk. 1:46-47). The word “rejoiced” in the Greek language means “to jump for joy” She literally jumped for joy about the baby she was carrying in her womb. At last, a Saviour had come! Remember what the angel told her husband Joseph;

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). There can be no salvation from sins without a Saviour. Only a Saviour could guarantee man’s salvation.

When he was born in a manger, an angel appeared to the Shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night saying “...Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Lk. 2:9-11).

Those who heard the testimony of the woman at the well whom Jesus shared the plan of salvation with using water as a typology said

“…Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world (Jh. 4:42).

He is the Saviour of the world. John the baptizer had a testimony of Him also “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29). He was a lamb once! He is no more a lamb! He is a King who reigns by His Spirit in those who believe in that work of salvation which He wrought through His death, burial and resurrection. He died as a lamb and rose as a King. You don’t refer to a lamb that was sacrificed under the Old Testament as a lamb forever. When ever a lamb was sacrificed, the testimony of a temporary annual covering of sins remained on the lips of the Jews for whose sins it was killed. They rejoiced about the benefits its death made available to them. Likewise the Lamb of God,

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD HE ENTERED IN ONCE into the holy place, HAVING OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION FOR US (Heb. 9:11-12).

Now, we have eternal redemption which is forgiveness of sins and the giving of His Spirit (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:12-14). He made this available once upon a time and it is for all times and all men!

This is good news to both the sinner and the believer. When a sinner hears it, he becomes a partaker of this great gift of salvation and when a believer hears it, he opens his mouth to give thanks to the Father who gave him the gift of a Saviour in a man. Yes, it was the gift of Himself. This is the best love story of all ages, God in man who died for men!