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