Jesus- the original time traveler

So yesterday in Sunday School we were having a group discussion about questions we have about the Bible and Theology. One of the questions asked was “What happened to the people before Jesus died…how did they get to go to Heaven?” So we talked about the differences between the Old and New Covenants, the sacramental system, and that the whole Bible is looking towards Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to defeat the power of sin and death brought into the world by Adam and Eve.

Jesus’ death and resurrection covered all sins from the past to the future. My friend and fellow teacher, Ben, said “Jesus is the original time traveler.” I jokingly said, “Yeah forget Dr. Who- Jesus saved the world going backward and forward in time.” That got me thinking about the beautiful reality of Jesus being the propitiation for our sin. Hebrews 11-12 is a perfect passage to how the people of God living under the Old Covenant were looking forward to their heavenly home by faith. That faith was made perfect by Jesus coming to earth, living a sinless life, and dying in our place. It’s so awesome how God gives us that faith to have hope and be certain of God’s reality and work in our life.

I write this today to remind us all of the importance of Jesus during this Christmas season. I write this because we need to be reminded of the Gospel and to share it with others. Asking students to give questions can give some very good insight into what they’re interested in, thinking about, and going through in their lives.

Let us all be reminded:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.- Hebrews 12:1

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4 thoughts on “Jesus- the original time traveler

  1. This is one of the common questions that are asked. The following are my thoughts on the question about the old testament saints:

    In the Old Testament, according to Hebrews 11, the saints received a good report because of their faith. We are told that Abraham was justified by his faith, and the same is implied about David (Rom.4:1-8). This seems to support the thesis that salvation was by faith in Old Testament times as well as now. However, in my opinion, “salvation” was a concept that involved considerably fewer privileges then than is the case since Jesus came.

    We can say, without fear of contradiction, that the Old Testament saints experienced justification, as we do, by faith. However, in the New Testament, “salvation” includes full redemption of all that was lost in the fall (some aspects of which are yet to be realized at Christ’s second coming). It includes the incorporation of the believer “in Christ,” with all of the attendant privileges involved (e.g., “adoption,” possession of the Holy Spirit and “the divine nature,” co-inheritance of “all things,” present power over the wiles of the devil, authority in prayer, etc.).

    I believe that all the future aspects of salvation will be enjoyed also by the Old Testament saints, when Christ returns (Heb.11:16, 40/ Rom.4:13/ Ps.37:11/ Matt.5:5), but that they did not experience any of these New Covenant benefits during their earthly pilgrimages (Heb.11:13; 8:6-13).

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