The Cross is at the center of God’s plan. Although God always knew the sin problem would be a part of the human experience he also knew the cross would always be the solution to that problem. In other words nothing ever takes him by surprise.
Throughout the Old Covenant God gave us glimpses of the Messiah and the work he would perform to usher in the New Covenant. Recently I became enlightened about the cross and how God used different events in the Old Covenant to illustrate what it means. At the cross all of the old things die and new things come into being. It is God’s way of beginning again, if you will, with the plan he had for us all along. You see, since we were all born in the first Adam, therefore born sinners, we had to be born again into the last Adam which is Christ. The means God uses to accomplish this is the cross.
In the Old Covenant God illustrated taking us out of the old and placing us in the new in at least three very well known stories. Noah and the worldwide flood, Moses crossing the Red Sea and Joshua leading the Children of Israel across the Jordan River.
Noah was the man God called to build an arc to rescue his wife and family from a catastrophic flood. This flood completely destroyed all that Noah knew and was familiar with. Once the floodwaters subsided and Noah and his family stepped out onto dry ground; nothing would ever be the same. All that had been was no more and everything that lay out in front of them was brand new. The floodwaters had utterly and completely cut off Noah from what used to be. One other interesting tidbit of info is that after the flood God gave mankind permission to eat meat. Whereas before they were only vegetarians; God added something brand new to their diet.
The crossing of the Red Sea was a similar event. Moses and the Children of Israel crossed over on dry land, while Pharaoh and his army were drowned. The Bible even says they will never see this enemy again. It was as if God completely blocked the way to their past. He didn’t want them to go back ever. Once again God changed their diet, and He fed them with manna, even to the point that they grumbled about it.
By now we can see a pattern when it comes to Joshua and crossing the Jordan. They crossed through the Jordan on dry land too. You guessed it! Once they entered into the Promised Land their diet changed. God promised them a land flowing with milk and honey and that’s what it was. Once they took possession of the land the Manna stopped and they ate the produce of the land. Part of the promise was they would have, “houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant…”
In each of these stories people’s lives are forever changed. Their lives are lived in a brand new environment with a brand new diet. Everything in their life is different. Their past is gone and the future is brightly lit out in front of them.
What does this have to do with me you might say? In each of these stories there are people who simply trusted God and walked by faith. According to the Word of God we have been crucified with Christ and that means we are to walk in newness of life. Since being crucified with Christ we are also raised with him. This means that when Christ came out of the tomb we came out with him. Surprise, surprise our diet has changed. Now we live by partaking of Christ. Jesus said, “Unless we eat the flesh of the son of man we have no life in us.” After all, he is the true bread that came down from heaven. He is the house filled with good things we didn’t provide, the well springing up from within, and he is the true vine we didn’t plant. In other words, Christ is our promised land, and in him our past truly is gone and our future is looking brighter and brighter.
Written by Louie