Christ’s story is our story. Our story is the song of the redeemed. We are the bride and the body of Christ. We are one with Him.
The Biblical canon is not merely a collection of ancient texts; it is our history. When we read the history of Noah’s family and their redemption from the flood, we are not reading an impersonal record of a historical event. We are recounting our own heritage.
What God did for Noah, he did for you, and me, and every other human being alive.
What God did for Noah, he did for you, and me, and every other human being alive. Every last one of us were on that ark hidden as the seed of sons and daughters. Noah is the common ancestor of us all. When God sees the whole of humanity in the world today, He does not see divided nations, races, and ethnicities. He sees one family in an ark of salvation, blessed by His sovereign grace and mercy through His relationship and favor with one man.
God’s covenant with Noah is His covenant with you. When you see a rainbow in the sky, it’s not just a meteorological phenomenon caused by the reflection, refraction, and dispersion of light through water. It is the visible sign of his vow to you, like a wedding ring, or a tattoo. He sewed the indelible signature of his promise into the essential fabric of the visible world.
He sewed the indelible signature of his promise into the essential fabric of the visible world.
We read in Revelation of every tribe, tongue, and nation gathered together, clothed in white with palm branches in hand, crying out with a a loud voice, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Do we realize those are our own words, our own robes, and our own palm branches? Can you see your own face in the midst of the gathering throng? Can you hear your own voice calling out in the chorus?
This is our testimony. This is our story. This is our song.
Since we who are in Christ are counted as the true offspring of Abraham through faith, do you realize that when God said, “Count the stars, if you are able to count them…so shall your descendants be,” you were one of those stars? God had our names and faces hidden in His heart. Each of us in Christ were one of the innumerable lights glistening in the eyes of our father Abraham.
Genesis 9:12-13 – And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 15:5 – He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Revelation 7:9-10 – After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”