The gospel was always and ever meant to be good news. It tells us who God is and how we can be saved.
For many, the modern gospel has become a fear-based method of behavior control and doubt and jumping through hoops, just in case the “how” didn’t work, or in case we didn’t do it right.
But it is meant to be joyful. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved! Jesus, our God and Savior! Our Deliverer! Yeshua the Messiah!
“There is born to you this day....”
Sadly, the joy did not last for the house of Israel. The Apostle John tells us what happened: He came unto His brethren, but they despised and rejected Him: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:11-12; see also John 5:18) Ultimately they killed him, not knowing this was the plan all along (1 Cor. 2:7-8) so He would rise from the dead and become the perfect sacrifice and the perfect priest (Heb. 7:22-25).
Rejection - Redemption - Messiah - Shadow - Typologies
The rejection and the redemption of the Messiah is hidden in prophetic shadow in one of my favorite typologies of Christ: Joseph. His brothers also despised him. They were jealous of their father's love for his son, who was born to Rachel following many years of barrenness. They mocked his dreams (Genesis 37:18-28) and plotted to kill him, but rather sold him as a slave until the appointed time.
Until the 7 years of famine.
Years - Famine - Joseph - Famine - Lands
“And the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. So when all the...
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