The Bible is not a book, but a collection of sixty six books, written by forty different human authors, from three different continents, over the period of thousands of years, and by God’s sovereign hand and inspiration, they’re all talking about God’s story of the redemption of His people, finding its climax at Jesus on the cross and His empty tomb three days later.
In one of the earliest chapters of redemptive history, we read of Noah’s Ark, one of the most famous biblical stories. So, what do we mean that the story of Christ is in the story of Noah’s Ark?
In Genesis 6, we read, “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God said to Noah, ‘I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth’” (11-13). Then, God gives the specific instructions on how to build the Ark. (That’s right; it wasn’t built by the Rock Monsters Union.) Then, “For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come in the ark…” (17-18). This famous story doesn’t stand alone in redemptive history. It’s pointing forward to a greater reality.
The earth is still corrupt in God’s sight. And His wrath continues to burn against sin. This time, He won’t bring a flood of waters, but those who continue in their sin will experience much, much worse. So, in that sense, His wrath is even greater.
At the same time, He has established another covenant. This time, it wasn’t an ark that would be God’s agent of salvation, but someone much greater–His only Son. And those who enter His Son will be saved from God’s righteous wrath to come. Noah trusted in God and he was saved.
You can imagine that as it started raining, others started trying to devise ways to survive the flood, but all of their inventions failed. In the same way, people are trying to get into heaven in every other way than the Ark of Christ. But all of their inventions fail. Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). By the external call of the gospel, all are called to enter the Ark for salvation.
If you have not trusted in Jesus for your salvation, understand that you remain in the way of the wrath of God. But by His grace, He has given His Son to pay the punishment that sinners like you and me deserve for their sins. He bore God’s wrath on the cross and died, but He rose again as the conqueror of sin and death. Trust in Jesus. Enter the Ark. And you will be saved. Will you do that this day?
- Psalm 5
- Genesis 6
- 1 Chronicles 6
- Luke 3:1-22