In 1 Cor 2:2 we see Jesus Christ and the cross are central to all of life.
I organised a number of Scriptures to be read by us young men in this morning’s service, looking at Jesus Christ being central throughout time; not just now, but in history past and into the future.
Here’s a brief look at them. (Click the references to read the full text.)
First we started with the gospel preached by Paul in 1 Cor 15:1-4 Plain and simple Christ dies for our sins.
I delivered unto you first… how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
Then we went back 700 years to Isaiah 53:2-12 where Christ’s death was perfectly predicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all…
It’s amazing how accurately the gospel was described so long before Jesus came. But we can go back further.
In Genesis 3:15 Adam and Eve had just fallen and plunged the human race into sin. Yet even as God gave out the curse there was a glimpse of the great hope. The seed of the woman – Jesus Christ – would bruise the head of the serpent and conquer death.
We can go back further still, before creation, and find God’s purpose in the cross. Rev 13:8 tell us from the foundation of the world there was a book about the Lamb that was slain.
God has always planned to redeem us through His Son.
Psalm 24:7-10 talks about Christ returning as the victorious King. It’s written in past tense even though it hadn’t happened; that’s because when God plans something to happen, it’s as certain as if it had already happened.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.
So all through history past we can see Christ and the cross are central. And into the future we’ll always praise Christ for His death for us. We finished with Revelation 5:12-14, an example of praising Him.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.