God’s Redemption Plan 

God's Redemption Plan by Jim and Elizabeth George

From the beginning of the biblical narrative in Genesis, God planned the redemption of fallen mankind through a promised Savior (Genesis 3:15). For centuries, devout Jews searched the Old Testament prophecies in the hopes of understanding when and where this Savior, their Messiah, would appear.

God’s Plan of Redemption

One of Old Testament prophecies studied is found in the book of Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) The basic theme of this book of prophecy is found in Isaiah’s name, which means “salvation is of the Lord.” The word “salvation” appears 26 times in Isaiah, but only 7 times in all the other prophets combined.

In the first 39 chapters of Isaiah, man is pictured as being in great need of salvation—a salvation that is of God, not man. God is described as the supreme Ruler, the sovereign Lord of history, and man’s only Savior. The last 27 chapters shift to portray God as being faithful to His covenant by preserving a godly remnant and providing salvation and deliverance through the coming Messiah. That the expected Messiah would be both a suffering servant and a sovereign Lord would not be understood until Jesus’ time on earth.

The Messiah

In the divine “fullness of time", a star appeared in the sky over Bethlehem, in Judea. Wise men from the East, in Persia, recognized this bright star as the fulfillment of another, earlier prophecy: “A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17).

These wise men began the long journey to find this King whose arrival had been predicted long ago, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

The appearance of this star and the birth of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus, were the culmination of thousands of years of anticipation. Jesus’ coming to earth as the Savior was the fulfillment of the covenant promises that were made to Israel, which gave structure to the Old Testament. From this point onward, the rest of history would revolve around the brief years that Jesus Christ lived among us.

God’s Salvation for You

We are still in need a Savior, 2000 years after the Messiah's coming.

We cannot save ourselves. Christ’s perfect sacrifice for our sins is also foretold in Isaiah. Just as Isaiah prophesied, Christ came in the flesh and paid the price for sin in His death. With His resurrection, He is now willing to save all those who turn from their sin and come to Him. Have you committed yourself to Him? If you have experienced His salvation, continue to be faithful and live in anticipation of His return.

It is impossible to treat Jesus as merely another man! He is the Promised One who, through His birth, death, and resurrection, brings us into a relationship with God when we believe in Him. This, my friend, is the true meaning of Christmas!

RESPONSE

Dear Lord, thank You for fulfilling Your plan of redemption for the world. Jesus is the best gift for all time. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES 

Through the Bible One Rhyme at a Time by Jim and Elizabeth GeorgeIt's never too early to teach your children God's Word! 

REFLECT

Take time to memorize Isaiah 9:6 over this month: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

REMEMBER

Jesus is the Promised One who, through His birth, death, and resurrection, brings us into a relationship with God when we believe in Him.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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