The God with a Plan

Christ came. Christ died. Christ rose. Christ reigns.

 Christ came for the world.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

If you skipped through the verse above because you’ve heard John 3:16 a million times, don’t. Go back and read it. To say God’s love is trivial, to say God’s sacrifice is familiar is to supremely misunderstand what happened in a manger all those years ago. Christ came to save sinners (1 Tim 1:15). He came to save a world which had fallen away, a world that decided to turn their backs on God. He came to show us that God is faithful. He will never give up, never leave us alone. Christ gave up heavenly glory to break into our world and into our lives, not to condemn us but to save us (John 3:17).

Christ died for you.

Sin fractured the beautiful. God created us to be known by him and to intimately fellowship with him. Sin yanked us from his holy presence as we chose the lesser things to become our new gods. Our rebellion incurred the wrath of God. He was heartbroken to be apart from us, and so he made a way in the midst of a desert (Isaiah 43:19). Sacrifices covered the sins for a time. They were the patchwork echoing the divine plan in progress.

Christ died for us before we knew we needed it (Rom 5:8). He died for the sin that enslaved us (1 Cor 15:3). Ultimately he died that we might live (Col 3:3).

Christ’s death satisfied a wrath we could never comprehend, paid a debt we could never afford, and secured a treasure we could never deserve. Christ died because he knew your name, he saw your face, he watched your life and said I have something better for you. And that’s why he didn’t stay dead.

Christ rose for glory.

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Rom 8:34

His birth was the preface, his death the climax, but his resurrection proved this was all just the introduction. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. (1 Cor 15:42) For the believer what follows death is eternal life; life everlasting with Jesus. Though these bodies are perishable and weak there is hope in resurrection – and Jesus’ conquering of death proved this hope to be true. Death, the shadow master of our realm, could not hold him. And because of Jesus, it cannot hold us.

Christ rose to be exalted above the earth, to take his rightful place by the side of his Almighty Father and wonderfully to share life with us again. To restore that intimate relationship which was broken in a garden, paid for on a cross, and reintroduced when the grave was found empty.

Christ reigns forever.

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever. Rev 11:5

Our creator became our savior so that he might become our king.

Justice, mercy, grace. These concepts did not find their origin in the world but in God. To find them true on earth is rare. Like whispers blown about by the wind, many people on earth will never get the justice they deserve, they will not be treated with mercy, and they will not be shown grace in their shortcomings. Our desires for these are arrows pointing us to look harder and to look higher.

The LORD is full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. Psalm 103:8

Christ saved the world in order to restore it to what it was meant to be, a beautiful sea of life, held in the hands of God, moved by the currents of grace.

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The salvation of the world is a big job and God has big plan. But he’s also a God of the details.

Christ came. Christ died. Christ rose. Christ reigns.

He did this for you.

“faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Rom 10:17

You’ve read the truth about Christ, what he did and what he is doing. The next step is up to you.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom 10:9

God has a plan and he wants you to be a part of it.

If you’ve recently made a decision for Christ I would love to hear your story and offer any assistance I could. If you’ve been a believer for a while then I hope this message was an encouragement to you, and a reminder that the story we bear is one which desperately needs to be shared.

4 thoughts on “The God with a Plan

  1. My understanding of John 3:16 was irreversibly changed when someone unpacked the original language with me. We often think of it as this nice verse of God loving the world and the world is full of love and it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

    The truth is the Greek work used, cosmos (if I remember correctly) denotes a world in turmoil. A broken world, beat up, dying, warring and in desperate need of a savior.

    Jesus was the ultimate act of love. 1 John 3:16 shows that just as well 🙂

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