(I got the outline for this article from an exhibit at the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky.)
The history recorded in the Bible is under attack by our society. As a result, many people now view the Bible as a book that contains many interesting stories and religious teachings, but has no relevance for us today. This is not true. The Bible gives us the truth about our existence. There are seven words that describe how God has engaged with mankind throughout human history. These words all begin with the letter “C”.
The first word is “Creation”. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If you can believe the first verse of the Bible, then you can believe the rest of it. Attempts to explain the creation without a Creator have proven to be woefully inadequate. Molecules-to-man evolution is nothing more than a fairy tale for grownups. It all starts with God.
The second word is “Corruption”. God created everything good, but mankind succumbed to temptation and disobeyed God, thus bringing a curse on the earth. Sin ushered sickness, sorrow and death into God’s once perfect creation. We now live in a world filled with pain, strife and turmoil.
“Catastrophe” is the next word to consider. Mankind became so wicked that evil filled the earth. Only Noah and his family were found to be righteous. So God destroyed the rest of humanity with a great flood and started over with the few people who were saved on the ark that Noah built.
The fourth word among the seven “Cs” is “Confusion”. After the flood, God commanded humanity to spread out all over the earth. Instead, they chose to build a tower to the sky and make a name for themselves. So God confused their language, and they were forced to scatter in confusion.
The next word to examine is “Christ”. Because we have all disobeyed God, we are all sinners in need of a savior. And God did not leave his precious creation without hope! He sent his only Son Jesus to seek and to save the lost!
The sixth word goes along with the previous one—“Cross”. The way that Jesus would save us from our sins would be to pay the price for them by offering his own life as a ransom. Jesus willingly went to the cross to suffer and die so that we could be forgiven and accepted into the family of God; lost no more, but saved!
The seventh and final word in human history is “Consummation”. This is the only one that has not yet taken place. It refers to the Second Coming of Jesus, when God’s plan to save the world will finally come to fruition. Jesus will return to conquer evil and claim his own. God will usher in eternity, creating a new heaven and a new earth where there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain! I believe that the next great event on God’s calendar is the Second Coming of Jesus. It could happen any day now! Therefore, we must watch and pray as we wait for the final act of history to unfold—the triumphant return of the King of kings and the Lord of Lords—Jesus Christ!