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25 Gifts–Why Jesus? {Advent 2014}

WORD.DAY 1 ADVENT   My Pastor said this and it rolled around and bumped into the walls of my mind, rattling the constructs of my understanding:

Jesus was always Plan A.

Meaning, Jesus wasn’t Plan B. Jesus wasn’t the optional salvation plan or the alternate route, the deified consolation prize for a lost and broken world. Jesus is the beginning and the final Word. He is the opening line and the final “the end” at the closing of history. Jesus was always the plan.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.Psalm 33:6

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. Revelation 19:13

In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. Hebrews 1:2

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Revelation 3:14b

All of the history of the world is contained in the covers of the Word of God, Jesus. We are bookended, encased, held together by the story of the Christ child, who began not on an autumn night in an obscure desert town, but rather who had no beginning and no end.

He chose to take on a form that we could “read”, a language as universal as our common experience. He became tangible. Human.

The Logos or Word is the expression of God’s nature in understandable terms. (Merrill C. Tenney, Interpreting Revelation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1957), 131.)

What a revolutionary idea that God did not save the world through his son, Jesus, because his original plan failed, but that this inevitable failure caused by human sin was, from the onset of time, a problem surmountable and solved before sin ever entered humanity.

God does not need to make Plan Bs because his way is perfect and his knowledge is complete. It was because of God’s great love for his creation that he chose to express his nature in understandable terms, the Word.

In a name, that Word, is Jesus. He is the central character to the Christmas story, the promised Messiah of the ancient prophets, the redeemer of the world who is coming again, the proverbial and perpetual Plan A.

…If Jesus was always Plan A, then I cannot be lost to sin, but always rescued by his grace.

…If Jesus was always Plan A, then I can rest in the reality of his coming again.

…If Jesus was always Plan A, then I can put my trust in him today.

How about you? If Jesus was always Plan A, then what?

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Friends,

This advent year 2014, I want to share 25 gifts with you. Gifts that only you can open, take into your heart and enjoy. Each day, a short reading, a verse, an idea that will stretch your understanding of Jesus, the Word. And also, I’ll be including some free .pdf images for you to print or share to remind you of the greatest gifts of Christmas.

Alyssa

For a printable version of today’s image, click: WORD.DAY 1 ADVENT

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2 Comments

  1. Another beautifully written blog post, Alyssa.

    I first read your post last night before going to bed. I did not plan on leaving a comment, but this morning my thoughts are still held captive by your words. You were able to illustrate in such a way that I was, perhaps for the first time, able to understand how God’s plan A was never an intentional design to set man up for failure. Rather, it was His loving kindness, heaped with mounds of grace and mercy that provided a built-in fail-safe.

    I am reminded of my early twenties when I would jet-set to far-off and exotic places boldly declaring my intention to never return home, only to find a few months later–either because of no money or a broken heart– that I was back at my dad’s house, my earthly place of refuge. Each time, I returned to find my bedroom undisturbed, except for the clean linens on my bed. My dad hoped I would be successful in my travels, and that I would live a fulfilling life; one that he could be a part of through frequent visits. But he also knew that it was unlikely. By keeping my room for me, my dad wasn’t setting me up to fail. He was ensuring I could always come back to him. His plan A was his loving way of providing for my plan B.

    • What a perfect illustration, Harvest. I have to be honest, realizing Jesus was always plan A changes my perspective on so many questions. Realizing that God doesn’t react to sin, but has pre-solved our sin problem while still allowing us freedom has ripped the lid off of my (limited) understanding of grace. I’m so glad you came back and shared the story!

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