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There is a scarlet thread woven throughout the fabric of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation that anticipates Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross. Christians have become so familiar with the idea that Jesus died for our sins that impact is largely lost. In this message, Pastor Skip explains how God planned for the end from the very beginning.
Abraham and his son Isaac’s journey to Mount Moriah marked the most difficult time in their lives to that point. An unusual command from God would both challenge their faith and solidify their confidence in God’s promises. Pastor Skip explains how Isaac’s near-sacrifice foreshadows another sacrifice that would come much later.
No one ever likes being disregarded, ignored, or overlooked by people. Such rejection cowers our spirit and burdens our sensitivities. But being “passed over” in judgment is a welcome exception. When God established the yearly memorial of the Passover, He wanted His people to remember that they could’ve died were it not for His powerful intervention. This familiar story tells us four poignant truths.
Rahab was an Old Testament harlot who ended up being listed in both the genealogy of Jesus Christ and in the great chapter of faith in the New Testament. The reason? An authentic faith that changed her radically. Let’s consider her portrait in a four-sided frame that shows her journey from prostitute to princess as she signifies her faith by hanging a scarlet cord outside her home.
There is only One pure enough and powerful enough to transform darkness into light.
The staggering cost of redemption was God’s plan from the beginning.
Redemption doesn’t end with a past-tense experience of forgiveness.