Jesus came within God’s timeline

A young man seemed surprised to learn recently that Jesus came to earth to die. He asked if God worked from a timeline, if he accomplished everything within a timeframe that he had set. Yes, God had an eternal purpose and plan and he fulfilled it “when the appropriate time had come” Galatians 4.4.

That plan was set before the creation of the world. (See Ephesians 1.4; 1 Peter 1.20.) So in the Old Testament we can see the Lord making promises and predictions of what — and who — would come. There are so many predictions that prophecy fulfilled in Jesus Christ is one of the great evidences for the inspiration of the Bible. Continue reading “Jesus came within God’s timeline”

Who am I? The target of God’s redemption

Earlier, we explored man’s identity and worth in terms of being created in God’s image. Today, a second truth gives us importance: we are the focus of God’s efforts to save.

Man’s identity and value to God become evident when his eternal plan is explored and appreciated. What makes his plan so impressive is its extension, its reach, and the cost required to carry it through. Continue reading “Who am I? The target of God’s redemption”

Epic

“Epic” is a favorite byword of a certain younger generation. Their use of it is ironic, since part of the definition of “epic” is length and a great degree of difficulty, exactly things that the aforementioned generation tends to avoid. Except for maybe a lengthy movie, they might handle that. But a book or poem of exceptional length, forget it. And something that requires some effort to understand also finds their interest waning fast.

The greatest epic of all — which is no myth, fiction, or made-up story — is the divine project of man’s salvation. This epic spans not only millennia, but the beginning and end of time, as well as the fringes of eternity. Its heroes are both divine and human. Its plot weaves the ambiguities and staggerings of man into the sovereignty of God. Continue reading “Epic”