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From Eternity to History

3 or 4 minutes / 1 readers, 2 narrators (3rd Narrator optional)

This narration speaks of the heavenly timeline: the birth of Jesus that was necessary for Him to die upon the cross, and He had to die--to become the once and final sacrifice--so that He could be raised from the grave.

Originally from
Crown Him with Glory

Narrator #1 reads Scripture.

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Christ's Sacrifice History Time Godhead Eternity Easter Resurrection Jerusalem

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(reading from a Bible)
In the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets, at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (pause) After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.[1]

It is this Jesus of whom we sing tonight: this one who came to die that we might live. Because He became the one and final sacrifice for our transgressions, He is worthy of all our praise and His crown of glory. Jesus won the struggle over death (pause) by dying. He won the right to claim victory because He died. (pause) From His place in eternity, Jesus initiated history:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.[2]

Then He stepped out of eternity and into history to begin the process of salvation that would result in His death, and the opportunity for eternal life for mankind.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.[3]

It all climaxed at the cross when Jesus died. At that moment, His death proclaimed the end of man's separation from God:

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died, were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.[4]

But then came the event that set Jesus apart from every other savior that had ever lived and died: Jesus lived again--and by His resurrection declared victory over death for all mankind. He walked out of the tomb to step out of history and back into eternity.

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.[5]

Jesus Christ is Lord! He has paid the price--even unto death--and now death itself is vanquished and the Savior who died has now been returned to the forever in which He has always lived.

After His death and resurrection--but before He ascended to the Father--the Lord Jesus spent forty days moving about the area, visiting with those closest to Him and giving final instructions to His disciples. This had been a traumatic time for the remaining eleven; they had never before lived through anything like the experiences of the past forty days. There were still many questions left unanswered.
Before ascending, Jesus told His disciples to remain in Jerusalem until the arrival of the Holy Spirit--without whom they would be incapable of continuing His ministry.
Then He was gone--nd many of the disciples, like the apostle Peter, turned away from that moment confused and uncertain about tomorrow.

1. Hebrews 1:1-3.
2. John 1:1-3.
3. Isaiah 9:6; 25:8.
4. Matthew 27:51-53.
5. Mark 16:19.

Copyright 2002 David S. Lampel. All rights reserved.
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