Connecting the Pieces

Old Testament – Before the Death of Jesus

In the beginning, God created everything and gave life to Adam and Eve about 6000 years ago.  They could have lived happily forever with God in the Garden of Eden, but they believed the lies of Satan and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (the law).  Their disobedience resulted in immediate spiritual death, as well as eventual physical death.  The world became full of evil and God was grieved, so He used a worldwide flood to cleanse the earth of evil.  After the flood, Noah’s 3 sons repopulated the earth, but soon the world was full of evil again.  So, God separated some people with whom He would have a personal relationship.  God chose Abraham and his barren wife Sarah, and He blessed them with a miracle baby named Isaac.  Isaac’s son, Jacob, had 12 sons who formed the nation of Israel.  Jacob and his family moved to Egypt because of a famine and later became slaves.  But God sent Moses to the rescue and after they were free, God made a covenant with them and gave them some laws to point out the need for Jesus.  God appointed leaders to lead the people to Him, but eventually the leaders abused their power and forgot about God.  Without God’s protection, the Israelites were defeated by their enemies, but God rescued them and they lived in victory for a while until history repeated itself again. 

New Testament – After the Death of Jesus

About 2000 years ago, Jesus came to earth to give us a new spiritual life and cleanse our hearts of evil.  He formed a new nation where everyone can become a citizen of His Heavenly Kingdom by faith in Him.  Jesus loves us so much that He died in our place to set us free from the punishment of sin.  Then He signed a New Covenant with His pure blood allowing us eat from the Tree of Life and live forever in paradise with Him because He loves us!  He trained leaders to spread the good news that everyone can be saved from death through His death on the cross.  After He returned to Heaven, He sent us His Holy Spirit so we can live in victory now and eternally!

Connecting the Old & New Testament

Old Testament7 KEY PIECESNew Testament
Adam – PhysicalLIFEJesus – Spiritual
Earthly KingdomLEADERSHeavenly Kingdom

Revelation 21 (NLT)
6And he also said, “It is finished!
I am the Alpha and the Omega
—the Beginning and the End.
To all who are thirsty I will give freely
from the springs of the water of life.
7All who are victorious
will inherit all these blessings,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my children.

Choose Jesus and He will give you eternal LIFE and you will be CLEANSED of sin by His blood.  He will give you citizenship in His NATION where you have FREEDOM from slavery to sin and death.  Jesus will make a COVENANT of love with you so you can rest in His finished work.  He will make you a LEADER who leads people to Jesus and He will give you eternal VICTORY!