God kept his pledge by sending his son Jesus into the world. Jesus was a Jew, an Israelite who was a descendant of King David. He lived the life of special relationship with God that all of Israel was supposed to live. He fulfilled the words of the prophets. Unlike Israel (and unlike Adam and Eve), Jesus never disobeyed God. He told people that it was time for God’s people to be reconciled to him.
“Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (ESV)
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come”, he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (ESV)
Jesus demonstrated his power by not only healing a paralyzed man, but also forgiving his sins (the story is in Mark 2:1-12). His power to heal was evidence that he had been given the authority to forgive sins.
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” (ESV)
Jesus preached and taught about the coming kingdom of God. He was talking about himself! In Luke 4:16-21, Jesus told the assembled religious leaders that he was the fulfilment of God’s promise to send a saviour. See also Matthew 5:17.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (ESV)
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.“ (ESV)
Not everyone would see that Jesus was God’s chosen King, the one who would save Israel and provide salvation for the nations, too. In Mark 4:11, Jesus explains to his disciples his practice of telling parables.
And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that
“they may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
Jesus was sent from God to fulfil the promise to provide a powerful ruler of God’s Kingdom who would also save people from their sins.
How is the life of Jesus connected to, or the fulfilment of, previous stages we’ve seen in this overview of the Bible (e.g. the Pledge, or the Kings, etc.)?
Repent of your sins and confess them to God, believing the good news. Thank him for the forgiveness of sins, for the saviour he has sent in Jesus, and for revealing his kingdom and its king to you.