Out of the ashes of Israel’s slavery would come one true and faithful Israelite. A descendant of Abraham and the one in whom their destiny would be fulfilled. When the fullness of time came, God sent his son to redeem and rescue a broken world. Jesus came, Scripture says, not to condemn the world but to save the world – to rescue the world. That was his mission.
But how does God end a world full of sin and death? And more importantly, how do you end a world cursed with sin and death without ending everyone of us? After all, we are the ones who are full of sin, we are the ones who bring death and live in death. This is the beautiful rescue of Jesus. This is the story of the Cross.
On the cross, Jesus went forward as the one true King to represent us all. But He was a King unlike any other. His crown was not one of gold, but one of thorns, his robes were not refined, but torn. Those who sat to his right and his left were thieves. Jesus was King of the Broken, King of the Rejected. King of Us all.
On that cross 2,000 years ago, God poured out all of His wrath against evil, murder, adultery, lies, deceit, and everything wicked on His son. God could not simply ignore the pain in our world, nor could He pretend it did not happen. He had to deal with it. He had to pay for it. God chose to pay for it Himself.
But it is not enough to simply deal with sin. He also needed to undo all of its effects. The death of Jesus put an end to sin, but the resurrection of Jesus was the undoing of all the wrong. The resurrection was the defeat of death and also the promise that the brokenness would be restored. Sin had done it’s worse and Jesus had overcome. The resurrection was the restoration of all the wrong that had been done and a promise to all of us that our rescue was on the way.
Do you see? The story of Jesus is the story of the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham all those years before. In Jesus, God was beginning to undo the curse of sin and bless the entire world.