A potted gospel, Acts 7:34:
“34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.”NIV
The rescue (redemption from Egypt) prefigured the deliverance Jesus was to achieve at the cross. It was an anticipation and foreshadowing of it. Here are four statements that encapsulate the gospel – the good news about Jesus:
‘’I have…seen…I have heard…I have come down…I will send…’’
God saw the desperate need of the human race in its estrangement from Him through sin. He heard the audible and silent cries of broken hearts (even though we broke ourselves by breaking his laws). He quite literally came down in Jesus, in the incarnation, to liberate us He went to all that trouble, out of sheer love.. Now He sends His church; His people; His ambassadors, to the world with the message of this rescue operation so that many may enter into its benefits.
When we think of all that God has done to rescue lost mankind, let’s not fail in our part to go and tell.
‘’If not us, who? If not now, when?’’