“God not only changed my life, he’s changing the lives of people all over the world. Let me share with you the story of God’s Rescue Plan found in the Bible.”
Creation: Man & Woman
The story begins with God’s creation. He created all things—the stars, the earth, mountains, oceans, animals, and plants. The Bible says God also created mankind in his own image. God placed the first man and woman he created in a beautiful garden. God loved them and had a relationship with them. He also gave them authority over all plants and animals but gave them one command that they must obey—they were not to eat the fruit from one particular tree. One day, Satan, the devil, appeared to them and tempted them to eat of the fruit of that tree. So they took the fruit and ate, rebelling against God. Thus they committed the first sin. So God, who is holy and without sin, had to remove them from the garden. Their sin separated them from the right relationship they were meant to enjoy with their Creator. But God loved them in spite of their rebellion and devised a Rescue Plan that would one day restore them to Him.
Transition: Isn’t that interesting? It took only one sin for their relationship with God to be broken.
Promise to Abraham
Sadly, as the earth’s population grew over many years, mankind’s sin and rebellion against God continued to spread in the world. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. But God loved people so much. So one day, he put his Rescue Plan into action when he spoke to an old man who had no children—the man’s name was Abraham.
God promised Abraham that he would have as many descendants as the stars in the sky. Even though he and his wife were beyond childbearing years, God promised that they would have a son. God also told Abraham that through this son and his descendants, all the nations of the earth would be blessed. The Bible says that Abraham believed God and because of this, God considered him to be righteous.
Transition: Isn’t that interesting? Because of Abraham’s faith, God saw him as though he had no sin.
Arrival of Jesus
God fulfilled his promise by giving Abraham many descendants. In fact, an entire nation came from him—the nation of Israel. It is through that nation that God’s Rescue Plan would be fulfilled. Someday, a Son of Abraham would be the One who would ultimately complete God’s Rescue Plan. This Son’s name was Jesus.
Jesus was unlike any person who ever lived. He was an amazing teacher. He was a great miracle worker—healing the sick and even raising the dead. He was loving and compassionate and drew many followers.
And yet the religious leaders of his day felt threatened by his power and his great following. So some devised a plan to falsely accuse him of crimes he did not commit. In doing so, they arrested him, stripped him naked, mocked him, spit on him, beat him, and crucified him. They nailed his hands and feet to two beams of wood in the form of a cross and hung him from that cross for several hours. On that cross, Jesus cried out to God, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Then Jesus died.
At that moment, it seemed as though God’s Rescue Plan had miserably failed.
But there’s more to the story. Before Jesus died, he said that someday he would be arrested and tried and executed. But he also said that on the third day after his death, he would rise from the dead. And that’s exactly what happened. When Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to his disciples and told them to tell the whole world that he had died but had risen.
Transition: Isn’t that interesting? Why would Jesus command his followers to share this news to the world?
God’s Rescue Plan
You see, this was God’s Rescue Plan—that through Jesus all of mankind might be brought back to right relationship with Him. God sent Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world. Jesus had no sin. He was perfect in every way. But rather than allow us to receive the punishment we deserve, he took our punishment in our place.
You see, Jesus was more than just a man. He is the Son of God—the only sinless person qualified to take the punishment for our sin.
It was through Jesus that God’s promise to Abraham would be fulfilled—a promise that all the nations of the earth would be blessed. And we, his followers, continue to spread the Good News that Jesus will restore all things to the way God intended them to be.
In the Bible, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He proved by his death and resurrection that he is the only way for man to be reconciled to God.
The Bible also says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.”
Just like Abraham who believed in God’s promise, if we place our trust in Jesus alone, God will forgive us of our sins and consider us righteous. And our relationship with God our Creator will finally be restored to the way it was always meant to be.
Do you believe Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead?
Is there anything keeping you from placing your trust in Jesus alone to restore you to a right relationship with God?