When did God plan Easter? When did He decide that Jesus had to die and rise again to provide salvation for the world?
God crafted His plan of redemption long before the nation of Israel fell into idolatry. Before He instituted the Old Covenant with the sacrificial system. Even before Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden God determined that Jesus would die on the cross to pay our sin debt and rise again to defeat death.
Easter was always God’s Plan A. Jesus coming to earth, dying, and then walking out of the tomb was not the back-up plan after God’s other efforts to save the world fell through.
For you know that is was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you by your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:18-20 NIV
Everything in God’s Word points to Christ and His provision for us. From Genesis to Revelation we read God’s story of redemption. (See also “4 Guidelines to Help You Understand the Bible.“) Everywhere we look we see shadows and pictures of our Redeemer. From God’s covenant with Abraham and Passover to the Tabernacle and the Sacrificial system everything is a picture of Christ’s work.
I invite you to spend the next three weeks immersing yourself in the biblical story of redemption. Download and print the 21-day Easter Bible reading plan. The selected readings start in Genesis and continue through Jesus’ ascension. The one-page plan also includes questions for reflection and application. (Start Monday, March 15th to finish on Sunday, April 4th the day before Easter. Or adjust for your preference.)
Let’s talk! What is your favorite picture or shadow of Christ in the Old Testament?
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