“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” (Ephesians 1:2-4, NLT)
So, why Jesus? In other words, why did He come to earth the first time around? A better question might be, why would God provide for our salvation ahead of our birth? It’s simple really. God wanted a family. He wanted children. Even though He knew ahead of time that man would ultimately fall into sin, He wanted to create you to have fellowship with Him.
Someone may ask, “Why then, if He knew man would sin, would He go ahead and create man?” Well, why would a couple have a baby in the middle of a world war? To expand their family; they wanted to be parents; they wanted children. God is no different. He has the heart of a Father.
The trouble was, He also knew that no human being would be able to pay the price tag for the sins of mankind. So, He chose one Member of the Godhead; The Word and made Him flesh. He forever united man with God; and God with man, to completely identify with each other. So committed was the Father to this plan that Jesus has remained fully Man and fully God to this day.
For God to completely identify with man, He would have to live with man and experience what He experienced, but in a sinless life. He would then need to be murdered illegally, taking the place of sinful man; taking upon Himself mankind’s every sin, mistake, failure, betrayal; everything, upon the cross and then taking that sin to hell, He would defeat Satan and every demonic entity, becoming the Lord of all creation. Having become sin for us, He gave us His righteousness in exchange, and in the eyes of the Father, whoever believes on Jesus and confesses His name as Lord is considered the very righteousness of God. This provided a way for man to stand before God, as if he had never sinned (see Hebrews 4:16).
What’s more; the death He died we died with Him; when He defeated Satan it is as if we defeated Satan with Him; when He arose from the grave, we arose with Him, ascended with Him and are now seated with Him in the place of authority, with Satan under our feet.
What was the point of all this? Relationship and Fellowship. Fellowship is a friendly relationship based on trust. I believe it is this which gives us momentum in our spiritual lives. When we know how God feels about us, it makes us boldly approach Him. He’s a good Father and He wants to meet our needs. Another way to put it is this: God not only loves you He likes you! You can love someone and not really like them at all, but when you like a person, it shows you want to spend time with them. That is the way God feels about you!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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