Connecting the Good News to the Flood

Connecting the Good News
To The Flood
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
March 26th, 2017
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Connecting the Good News to Creation
Genesis 6:5-9:17

1. Why is the Flood important?

Genesis 6:5-8
“When the Lord saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, 6 the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 Then the Lord said, “I will wipe off from the face of the earth mankind, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.” 8 Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the Lord.”

The idea that we get from these verses is that the purpose of the flood was to cleanse the world of evil.  Essentially, it seems that God was going to wash it off and sort of start over.   And to understand why this important we want to talk about baptism.

There are three baptisms that a Christian should go through.  The first is baptism by water.  This is what Jesus asks us to do to represent our commitment to him.  It is sort of a washing off of the old self or a washing away of our sins, to prepare us for what is to come.

The second baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  And we are baptized with the Holy Spirit when we become Christians.  We know that we receive the Holy Spirit as a down payment to the kingdom that is coming.

And the third baptism is to come, but will be a baptism by fire.  Many think that this baptism is judgement day.  And this baptism, will once and for all remove all traces of sin from our lives (for more on these baptisms see our message title Baptism).

Now getting back to the flood.  The earth will go through the same three baptisms that we as Christians should go through.  The first is represented by the flood.  It washed away the sins of the world.

The second baptism was Jesus coming to earth.  Just as we receive the Holy Spirit to live in us, to guide us, and to produce the fruits of the spirit, Jesus came to the world to live as an example, to give us guidance and to produce good works.

The third baptism will be by fire.  In other words the world will be destroyed and Jesus will bring a new heaven and a new earth.  There He will establish His kingdom.  He will take those who believe in Him and He will be our God and we will be His people.

So now, we get back to the original question “Why is the flood important?”  The earth was nothing but evil and God sent the flood to cleanse the earth of that Evil in order to prepare the way for the second baptism, which is Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ of course prepares the way for the third baptism of fire (or judgement).

Ultimately the flood prepared the world to receive Jesus, so that Jesus could do the work that He needed to do, in order to save us.

2. Where are we in the story of the Flood?

We are in a few places…

First of all, in the story of the flood, we are represented by the world.  Just as sin ruined the world so that the world needed Jesus…sin has ruined us spiritually and we need Jesus.

Second we are in the promise…After the flood, God goes to Noah and makes a promise to never destroy the world with a flood again.  But He didn’t just make this promise to Noah, He made it to you and me as well…

Genesis 6:12-13
This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all future generations: 13 I have placed My bow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.

In these verses God says…this promise…this covenant is for Noah and for all future Generations…that means me and you.  God has promised us that He would not destroy the world with a flood again.

Now this of course…this set’s up our answer for the final question…

3. How does the Flood point to Christ?

The flood points to Christ, because if God has promised to never destroy mankind again…that means He must make a way to save mankind.  If he is not going to destroy us because of our evil…then he must find a way to save us from evil.

And the way He is going to save us is through His only son, Jesus Christ. This puts Jesus, right back in the center of our story.  In fact, even though He is not mentioned in the story of the flood, He is the central Character…First, flood cleansed the world of Evil and prepared the way for Him,  and Second, the promise of God to Noah and Man, necessitates Jesus coming to save us.

The question is, Is Jesus at the Center of Your Story?

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