The ARC of His Story | Part 1: Announced, Rejected, Continued
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
The definition of the word “arc” is: “a continuous progression or line of development.” Let’s look at events in the life of Jesus, and let’s use the word ARC as an acronym to help us follow the line of development in His story.
1. Jesus was Announced
2. Jesus was Rejected
3. Jesus Continued on
When I say the ARC of His Story, His Story refers to the story of Jesus Christ. His Story could just as easily be referring to History. It’s a nice little play on words; it is both His Story and History. We see this History not only in the Gospels, but the entire Bible, the Old and New Testament. We see the cycle of Announcement, Rejection, and Continuance several times in Scripture.
Jesus’ birth was announced by angels to the shepherds and wise men. Herod heard the announcement as well and came after Him. His plan was to kill Him then, but it was not the will of the Father at that time for Jesus to die. It was not His will that Jesus die with those other two-year-old and under baby boys in Bethlehem. Jesus escaped to Egypt. His life continued on. It’s the ARC of His story. We see announcement, we see rejection, we see continuing on, because that’s exactly what He did.
We also see an ARC in the Holy Week. We see Palm Sunday, Jesus coming into Jerusalem as prophesied. It’s the announcement. The people are saying, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.” Later that week, they’ll be shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” in response to Pilate’s question, “What then shall I do with Jesus?” It’s one of the most horrifying conversations in the entire Bible. So, Holy Week begins with Jesus’ announcement on Palm Sunday, followed by His rejection at the cross on Friday, but thankfully the empty tomb is coming on the following Sunday! Jesus will continue His work. It’s the ARC of His story, and it’s really the ARC of History as well.
We see this ARC in the Garden of Eden. God makes an announcement to Adam and Eve, one rule to follow. They reject Him, but that does not stop Him from carrying out His will.
We see all the prophets announced, rejected, and God’s will continued.
We see the ARC in the wilderness with Moses, God’s prophet, time and time again intervening on behalf of His people. He announces to them over and over, He gives them the law. They reject, but God will continue His work.
Over the next few blog posts, we’ll be focusing on an account in Luke that demonstrates this (ARC) progression of events in Jesus’ life. Go ahead and read Luke 4:14-31 to get a head start!
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.