Tuesday, November 16

Devotional: John 1:1-2

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning."

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and then man sinned in the garden and God scrambled for a way to fix the problem, consulted with His manager, and held an emergency pow-wow with His heavenly cabinet, right? No! John tells us that Jesus was with God in the beginning. When the whole idea of creation was contrived, God knew about sin. It didn't take Him by surprise (after all, can we say that Satan outsmarted God? Or that God does not know all things?). For that reason, when God created the heavens and the earth, He already had a plan to save the man He was creating. Isn't it amazing to realize that Christ intended to die for us from the very beginning, before creation, before sin even? From the very beginning, even as we were being created, He knew our hopeless state and prepared His Son to die our death. This whole thing we call creation is God's rescue mission. God created us to bring Him glory. He wanted us to be perfect but knew that we would not be, so He engineered this amazing plan of salvation, whereby sinners who deserve death could live, and not just live, but live richly in the goodness of God's grace. God's love for us, from the very beginning, did not spare His only Son. How will He not give us all good things?

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