It’s always been a joy for me to read through Scripture and find Jesus’ heart for mine on the page in front of me. A good many of those places I’ve stumbled across His heart were not in the New Testament; they were in the Old Testament. How often do we casually assume that Jesus ‘appeared’ in the New Testament for the first time? It’s not true, though! Jesus is in every part of the Scripture, from the Genesis to Revelation, revealing His heart for the world, His love for sinners, and His plan for the redemption of those who would follow Him!
This year the Lord has refreshed my eyes to this great theme through Scripture. I’ve stumbled across so many places, between Genesis and Revelation, that share the Gospel and I’ve started marking them (in my Bible App) with #gospelaccording to so I can find them later! I want to share a selection of my favorites with you, in the hope you will be encouraged by the Gospel of Jesus this Christmas Season. God’s plan to rescue you through Jesus was one that had been prepared since the beginning, and is one you can partake in today!
The #Gospelaccording to Genesis 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
This is called the protoevangelion (or the first Gospel). It is the first time in Scripture we see the promise that Jesus will overcome Satan. He will crush Satan’s head on the cross, while Satan only inflicts a temporary wound on Jesus. Death does not hold Jesus.
The #Gospelaccording to Jeremiah 32:37-41 “ Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”
God will redeem people from across the globe, all nations and tongues, and together we will worship together ONE God. He will make with us an everlasting convent through the blood of Jesus and will enable us to live a life of holiness. God’s redemption promise is for ALL PEOPLE!
The #Gospelaccording to Zechariah 12:10 ““And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”
The #Gospelaccording to Zechariah 13:1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.”
God planned for Jesus to be crushed by the weight of our sins, and, while on the cross, Jesus would be pierced by the sword. When he was pierced blood and water flowed out – and He washed us clean. His death was in our place, for our sins; so that we might receive grace in the place of wrath and be cleansed form our sin.
The #Gospelaccording to Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 – “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”
The #Gospelaccording to John 1:1-5 – “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
God knew that sin caused darkness in the hearts of people, but He tells us in Isaiah that God will not allow darkness to reign forever – for Jesus is the light, and no darkness can overtake His light! Jesus wins the victory. Death’s darkness cannot hold him, and He rose in Light and Glory to redeem mankind.
The #Gospelaccording to Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
God wants us to think critically about our sin situation, not ignore it. We need a savior to take the stains away and redeem us unto holiness.
The #Gospelaccording to 2 Samuel 14:14 “We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast.”
We know from Romans 6:23 that the ‘wages of sin is death’. Yet physical death and spiritual death are two different deaths. Though we may die physically, we need not die spiritually to spend eternity apart from God. God provided a way for those who are in sin, will not need to remain an outcast away from God, but rather welcomed in as part of God’s family! We are not outcasts in Christ; we belong with Him and to Him!