Just as in a great symphony there are different movements that make up the entire masterpiece, in the Bible there are four great movements or stories that make up the whole. Creation. Fall. Cross. New Creation. Put together, these four themes can give us the big picture of the entire Bible. Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees, and we simply need to step back and take in what God has done and is doing. I hope that this will help you rejoice in His amazing and sovereign plan that is for our salvation and His glory!
Creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” (Gen. 1:1) are such familiar words as almost every English version of the Bible translates this first verse the exact same way. God created all things, showing both ownership and care for what He had made. His great plan had begun!
Fall. The Bible wastes no time in presenting the great predicament that mankind has found himself in since the beginning. At the start of Genesis chapter 3 Adam and Eve are already presented with an opportunity to sin, and they turn from God to sin and death. So do we: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…” (Rom. 5:12).
Cross. God’s solution to His creation turning from Him and the fact of their spiritual and physical death is effected in His Son, through His death on the cross. The One promised from the moment of the Fall (Gen. 3:15) came as the God-man who alone could atone for our sin. “And you, who were dead in your trespasses…God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Col. 2:13-14) Christ and His work on the cross is looked forward to throughout the Old Testament and looked back upon throughout the New Testament.
New Creation. The last “event” in all of history as we know it will be the New Creation, when God will consummate all things by abolishing sin, evil, and death. Those who are in Christ will enjoy a New Heaven and New Earth in new bodies that will never be tainted by sin or its’ effects. God will be worshiped and we will enjoy Him and His creation forever with joy that we can only imagine now. God’s plan for our salvation and His glory will have been realized as He exclaims at the end of the Bible: “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” (Rev. 21:6b)
May we respond to the big picture of the Bible as John did at the end of Revelation: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20)