Do you think God’s plan for redemption was sudden or made up on the spur of the moment when Adam sinned? God in his omnipotent wisdom knew we were frail creatures and when we sinned there needed to be a plan to bring us back into communion with Him. Ephesians 1:4-6, from the Message translation makes this passage easy to understand, “Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”
Can you imagine that God had us in mind, wanted us to be in His family and to show His love to us even before He created the universe? I love that Paul says, God took pleasure in planning this. How much He loves us! Paul continues in verses 7-10 to explain God’s wonderful plan to redeem us and make us free. “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”
These verses are so encouraging. God loves us past, present and future. God wants us to be free and His plan is fulfilled for us in Christ. Faith in Jesus is the key.
May you be encouraged by God’s love, the redemption plan made perfect in Christ and the hope you now have in Him. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, we have all of this through faith in Him. Thank you Jesus.