When we hear the Old Testament story of Noah's ark what comes to mind?
Usually we think about a kids story. Yet the whole story is about a type of Christ.
The Ark (Christ body), the flood, (baptism), the rainbow (the promise of a new covenant).
When you start to see Jesus in the Old Testament the books become more than good moral stories, they become alive.
Noah was like a "second Adam" in a sense. After the flood all the human race came from him. (Gen. 8:15-9:17)
Jesus Christ is called "the second Adam" because eternal life is found only through him. (1 Cor. 15:47)
The ark Noah built was a refuge for a chosen few and animals. (Gen. 6:19-7:5)
It was representative of the coming salvation and baptism brought only through Jesus' death and resurrection and belief in him.
The rainbow also representing a promise of a new covenant.
All who are called by the Lord through Jesus Christ enter into his salvation by faith and mercy. He provides salvation for all who are called by his name. (Galations 3:27-29)
Jesus is the fullfilment of the new covenant.
The ark Noah built delivered Noah and his family from certain death. (Gen. 7:7) In turn giving them new life.
Jesus Christ's body "the church" was delivered from the wrath of God through His Son's blood and being immersed with Jesus in His death.
A baptism if you will. Not the physical, but a spiritual baptism. (Romans 5:9, 6:3-4 and 1 Peter 3:21)
Noah offered a sacrifice offered the blood of clean animals. (Gen. 8:20-9:6)
Jesus offered Himself. The ultimate sacrifice. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Noah was not perfect. He was described as a" righteous man, blameless among all the people of his time. He also walked with God." (Gen. 6:9)
Jesus was and always will be the only perfect and blameless man. (Hebrews 4:15)
I want to add. There is much more to the ark compared with Jesus than what I have here. I would welcome other to add in the comments what they know. That is how we learn. I don't have it all. We each have a piece.
Tomorrow Abraham and Christ....