By Ron Bartanen
The greatest story ever told is a true story. It is the story of how God has provided salvation for man through His Son, Jesus Christ. Obviously, this story would be without significance was it not for the fact that man is lost in sin and in need of a Savior. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), while “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Looking at the Bible as a whole, it is one story. It is the account of creation, the fall of man, the promise of a Deliverer, the coming of the Deliverer, His death for man’s sins, His resurrection, His ascension into glory, and His promised return to “judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1). The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation: which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him?” (Heb. 2:3).
There were other salvations in the Scriptures. Noah and his household were saved when God destroyed the world by the Great Flood. By faith, being warned and instructed by God, he obeyed God “to the saving of his house” (Heb. 11:7). God saved Israel from Egyptian bondage as His servant, Moses, was empowered to miraculously lead them forth by faith and obedience, from Egypt toward the Promised Land. The story of these salvations, while great, serve as prophetic types of the greatest story—the great salvation wrought through Christ. For those who will step out in faith and obedience to Christ, there is deliverance from the guilt and the eternal consequences of sin, with a far more glorious hope. Truly, He is “the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey Him” (Heb. 5:9).
The greatness of this story of salvation is based on a number of factors, among which are the following:
· God is its author (Heb. 5:9).
· The greatest price was paid to make it a reality—the blood of God’s Son: “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.. Much more then, being now justified by His blood…” (Romans 5:9).
· We are saved from God’s wrath: “…we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom. 5:9).
· We have the greatest hope, established upon God’s promises: “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).
· It is eternal in its duration (Heb. 5:9).
· It is guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us…by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:21).
The greatest story is that found within the pages of your Bible. The greatest story is His story. In His words: “Search the Scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). The greatest story is the great salvation that is available to all through Jesus Christ. “How shall we escape?” if we neglect it?