The second of the four S’s of Easter is Savior. The first S was Sinner. Now, we need Savior.
Romans 5:12 says
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
It just took one time, a simple bite of a piece of fruit from a forbidden tree, pure disobedience to God, that caused sin to enter every man.
After the fall, it did not take long for sin to take hold of the world. In Genesis 4, we have the first murder. When Cain murdered Abel out of anger. And in Genesis 6, we see the wickedness of man and God’s sorrow. God saw that everyone was doing right in their own eyes; the world was corrupt. So, God was going to send a worldwide flood to destroy everyone on earth.
Expect one man and his family found grace in the eyes of God. Noah and his family believed in God, as their creator and savior. Because of that, God would spare them from the flood. God was also going to spare the animals as well. And the source of safety during the flood would be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45-foot-high ark, which Noah and his family would build.
When the ark was complete, God told the animals to go into the ark, along with Noah and his family, and God shut them in. It rained for 40 days and nights, anyone outside the ark perished.
After the flood, God promised never to flood to earth again.
While the flood purified the world in some sense, sin was still around. Even though Noah and his family believed in God, they still had a sinful nature. So, Noah and his future generations needed a source of forgiveness and salvation.
Sacrifices and offerings were the way the Children of Israel received forgiveness. Leviticus 1-7 covers the laws and rules that God set before Israel for receiving forgiveness and reconciliation.
A sacrifice or offering would be bought to the priest of the temple of God. And a ritual would be performed, of the sacrifice the animal (usually a spotless lamb or animal without blemish) and then the sins of the person bringing the sacrifice would be covered.
But there would be one sacrifice that would end all of these rituals. It would require a sacrifice on top of a sacrifice.
A baby, an innocent child, would grow into a perfect man, who would be punished for something He never did.
For years it was prophesized that one day a Savior would come. Isaiah 7:14 says
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
It was years and years later after Isaiah wrote those words that Jesus would come one day. When it was prophesized, some might have expected Jesus to come soon after, but it was between 700 – 800 years later that Jesus was born.
Prophecy would be taken even further in Isaiah 53. When the death of Jesus was prophesied hundreds of years before even the birth of Jesus.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
The Prophet foresaw the hatred and the rejection by man towards Jesus.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
Jesus was not punished for His sins, as He was sinless and perfect, He was wounded for our sins. Our sins put Jesus through the suffering. Our sins put Him on the cross.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
Jesus never protested; He was submissive. Jesus became the sacrifice that we once had to offer to receive forgiveness. He was the Spotless Lamb that was led to His death.
Isaiah himself died before he could see the prophecy fulfilled. And it was fulfilled, in the form of a baby.
Luke 1, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin named Mary.
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Mary was going to give birth to the Savior of the world. The King of kings. And where was He born?
In a stable. One would expect a palace and a warm bed, but that was not God’s plan. Jesus came into the world humbly, and He would die the same way.
You’ve got to wonder at the reaction of some. Isaiah the Prophet said that a babe would come. But seeing it was a whole different story. Here was the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, or feeding trough for the animals, in a stable.
In Bible times, Kings were the ultimate power, they ruled, you obeyed. Never in history did a subject of a king do a wrong so severe that the subject deserved death, and the king stepped in and said I’ll die in the subjects’ place. Only once did that happen.
We deserved death. But God loved us so much, that his only Son was beaten, mocked, a crown of thorns placed upon His head, and nailed to a cross, for our sins. Jesus came as a spotless lamb to end all sacrifices and provide a way of salvation through His blood.
And the day He died, would bring us to the next S.