It’s how God has loved and cherished mankind since the beginning of time.
It’s how mankind has journeyed from Godly riches to rags and back again.
It’s how the hero-king, the rescuer Jesus Christ, came down from his throne to share his life and deliver mankind from captivity.
Quite literally, it’s the history of how we are saved–our redemption in Jesus Christ. But it’s actually much more than that. It’s the vehicle to understand who you are in this world and what you’re supposed to be.
Salvation is real history
Salvation history comes primarily from the Bible.
The Bible is a collection of stories. These stories have different literary genres. There’s poetry, prophecy, wisdom/proverbs, epistles (letters), and history.
The historical books tell a story that unfolds over thousands of years. It can be hard to understand how it all fits together, but it does.
This is a true account. The historical narrative of the Bible is not a fairy tale or made up. It really happened.
God writes the world like men write books. History is really “His-Story.” God’s story.
God has orchestrated events in time so that what has happened, from the dawn of time, is kind of like God’s own book. He writes in actual events the same way you or I would write in words.
What is the story?
The story of salvation begins with creation, Adam and Eve, and the story of the Fall.
At the center is Christ. He is the hero and the interpretive key. All of salvation history is grounded in Christ and the Cross. Everything before leads to him. Everything after emanates from him.
But the story is actually much older than creation, and you can’t understand it without one more essential piece–the Trinity.
Before time and creation, God lived and loved in a union of Persons so perfect and wonderful, words can’t even describe it.
God created us to live in this union with him. So, everything God has “written” in history is for that purpose–the union of mankind to himself.
Why is salvation history important?
In a sense this is past history, but it’s also present.
The story of salvation isn’t over. This plan of God envelops us. We are actively a part of it.
Knowledge of God’s saving plan is not just nice to know information. Understanding God’s actions in history, his dealings with mankind reveal the inner truth of who God is.
It forms the foundation of the whole supernatural work and mission of the Church. Therefore, it directly influence our life and mission within the Church.
These are the highest truths we can know, and the most practical. Catholic spirituality and ministry depend on them.
The history of salvation is, in itself, evangelizing. It is the gospel, the good news of our salvation.
It’s so important to understand who we were in the beginning and what we will be at the end of time. It sheds light on the mystery of the human condition.
It’s the answer to who we are as human persons. The answer to why we have these longings that we don’t understand. The answer to how we can fill the restlessness in our hearts.
If you don’t understand this, you can’t effectively convey who Jesus Christ is to your students and what he means for their lives.