Since the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was ordained as the Redeemer of Mankind. . . Through time, God has revealed Himself through the law and the prophets with signs and wonders as His Word was penned into the Holy Scriptures known as the Bible. The prophecies foretelling of the Messiah were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, as we see salvation's plan unfold. . .


God, omnipotent and all-powerful, reveals the world's master plan from its beginning. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen. 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:1-3) All of God's creation have been given the free will to serve Him, even the angels which were in Heaven. There was an angel in Heaven named Lucifer who decided to lead a rebellion against God and was cast to the earth with one-third of the angels. Jesus testified, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (Luke 10:18) As written in Isaiah 14:12-15, How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!. . .For thou hast said in thine heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars (angels) of God. . . I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit, (the "everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" spoken of in Matthew 25:41.)


In Genesis chapters 1-3 we see how God's beloved creation on earth was given the same free will to serve Him, with the same eternal destinations: Heaven or Hell. Satan's hatred for mankind was sealed when God created man in His own image. In wrath, he set out to deceive and destroy, as said in I Peter 5:8, ". . . your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." This first man Adam and his wife Eve were tempted of Satan and made the decision to join his evil rebellion and condemnation when they disobeyed God's command and partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As sin entered the world to pass upon all generations, the consequences of sin were made evident. Mankind began the aging process towards a physical death and experienced the spiritual death that they had been warned of: separation from God. Women were to have pain in childbirth and be in authority under the man; and man would have to work by the sweat of his brow to provide food. The earth and nature itself also fell under the curse of sin as weeds sprang up and the ground did not yield the increase it did before. But in the midst of this devastation and sadness, God in love revealed His plan of redemption. A sacrifice would have to be made and blood would have to be shed for the remission of sins. This sacrifice would be made by God Himself as He would send His Son to earth as the deliverer for mankind. As a sign of this promise, an animal, that was considered to be "clean" and unblemished (usually a male lamb), was to be sacrificed on an altar. This command of sacrifice in the Old Testament/Covenant,

pointing to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was to be followed until His coming: the first four thousand years of time. God used His people Israel (the Jewish nation, children of faithful Abraham) for our examples and to pen His word in script, revealing the commandments of His law and prophecy. God worked great miracles through His people with great signs and wonders, showing His omnipotence and

dominion over any forces of evil and false gods. When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal. 4:4-7) Christ's life, death and resurrection marked the beginning of the New Testament/Covenant, as the "Law" of Grace was introduced to mankind. In this new covenant, The Temple of God becomes the heart through faith in Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Through repentance, conversion and baptism in Him, we are born again through His shed blood into a new life, obtaining adoption into the family of God, counted as children of faith. Being filled with His Holy Spirit, we are enabled to bear fruits of righteousness showing evidence of this new life and given grace to overcome sin. We look toward that heavenly home that He is preparing for us in eternal glory.


When Christ came to earth, He fulfilled all that was written in the law and the prophets concerning Him. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life, though in the flesh. He was baptized for our example, performed many mighty miracles, prophesied, and preached the Truth of God, bringing God's light into this world of sinful darkness. He was crucified on the cross for the sacrifice to cover sin, buried in a tomb, rose from the dead on the third day in victory over death and hell, and appeared unto many for a testimony of His resurrection. After ascending into Heaven to sit on the right hand of God the Father to intercede for us, He imparted the fullness of His Holy Spirit to His disciples and all true believers who began spreading the good news throughout the world, bearing witness of what they had seen and heard, performing many mighty works. They looked steadfastly for the second coming that the angels had spoken of at His ascension: this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:11)


We too look for His coming! We want to be found watching and ready! Those of us who have experienced the newness of life that only He can give cannot keep silent! We must tell everyone this good news and impel them to come while there is yet time! We want the world to know the joy and peace that Jesus has brought to our lives! How He gives us the hope of eternal life, sets us free from sin, death and hell, heals our broken hearts and gives us reason to live. . . NOW THAT'S SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT! . . .


~An excerpt from For His Glory Hymns of Praise Book~