Sometimes our life stories take dark and unexpected twists – unwelcome moments when circumstances or decisions seem to stop us in our tracks.
Last week, we talked about our biggest story stopper. The second plot move of the story of the Scriptures – the Fall – reveals that sin separates us from God and corrupts his image within us.
But thankfully, our stories don’t end there.
A NEW PLOT LINE
In the third plot move of the Bible, God rewrites our stories. By redeeming us through his Son, he gives our stories a new plot line with a new cast of characters and a totally new ending.
Genesis 3:15 outlines how this script change came to be.
In this passage, the King is speaking to his number one archenemy – the serpent – who tricked his sub-rulers into forming a rebellion. This is what he says:
Gen. 3:15: “And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
There is much at stake in this third plot move. Ultimately, our redemption involves more than a few edits to our life story; the plot move of redemption includes a cosmic battle for the kingdom God created.
Here’s how it plays out: the seed of the serpent will wound the Seed of the woman (“bruise his heel”). But here’s the good news: Eve’s offspring will deliver a fatal blow to conquer the serpent and all his offspring (evil) forever. He will “bruise his head.”
The writer does not give us many details, leaving us to wonder about the identity of this Seed who will redeem us from evil and Satan’s power. But the rest of the Scriptures look forward to his arrival.
A little later in the text, however, we’re given a hint of what that redemption will look like.
Shortly after Adam and Eve broke the King’s law, they sewed together fig leaves as an attempt to cover their nakedness (Gen. 3:7-8). Their man-made attempt to cover their shame was inadequate, demonstrating that mankind is incapable of covering his own sins; only God can cover our sins.
In Gen. 3:21, we notice that “God made tunics of skin, and clothed” Adam and Eve. Some scholars believe this is the first animal sacrifice. If so, we see an early hint at the coming pattern of redemption. This is what redemption looks like – the gracious King Himself providing redemption for his rebellious sub-regents at the cost of a life.
WHAT ‘REDEMPTION’ MEANS FOR MY STORY:
The King will not leave his kingdom in rebellion. He promises to redeem it and cover the sin of its subjects.
But this is the twist in our story: the King himself becomes the perfect sacrifice and covering for our sins. He deals with sin and its effects by covering our sin at a very high price – his own life.
1 John 2:2 tells us: “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
No matter what darkness creeps into our stories, we know they have a good end because our King rewrites our stories to more closely align with his.
Next week, we’ll look at the final plot move in God’s story for the world, and discover exactly how our stories align with God’s story.
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Plot move 1 – CREATION – A good King created a good world …
Plot move 2 – FALL – it became corrupted by sin ….
Plot move 3 – REDEMPTION – the King is at work to redeem his kingdom. In his rich grace, the King covers our sin when we didn’t deserve it. The price is costly – his own life and blood.