Kingdom Corner: God's Plan Never Changes
Did you know God's plan never changes? He put His plans in motion from the Garden of Eden onward, and His plans stayed the same. He loves us so much that He created a way of salvation that toppled sin and unified us to Him.
In the Garden
Even though Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He forgave them, but He allowed them to reap the consequences of bringing sin into the world. The Lord communicated His plan of salvation in the Garden, by saying:
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. — Genesis 3:15 ASV.
In a nutshell, God was telling the serpent that he would struggle with humanity for the rest of his existence, but in the end, humanity and God's plan would prevail. The depiction of stepping on the head of the serpent is equal to death, and the bruising of the heel shows that the serpent will be a thorn in the side of humanity until God's Son comes to bring an end to the suffering on earth.
During the Hebrew era, the High Priest would act as the go-between for the people and God. The Priest would take offerings into the consecrated area with the Ark of the Covenant and prepare himself by washing and donning fresh robes. In other words, he was made pure in front of God and then offered a pure sacrifice to cleanse the Israelites from their sins. This is how God continued His plans for forgiveness and salvation for His chosen people.
Jesus in Prophecy
Jesus was foretold by many prophets. His birth, life, and death were all brought forward in Scripture.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6. NIV.
Jesus was the Prophecized Messiah. It was He who would take away the sins of the world. His sacrifice was to be the end sacrifice of all time. Much like the verse in Genesis, Jesus would step on the head of the serpent and squelch his hold over humanity, even though humanity would still suffer from a sinful activity.
God Remains the Same
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV.
Isn't it amazing that our God stays the same so we know what to expect of Him? Imagine if God had a mind like ours. We change our minds about all sorts of things all the time, sometimes every day several times a day. Humans can be very indecisive. Humanity is blessed to have such a perfect God that loves us despite our sins. Now that doesn't mean we don't suffer consequences for our sinful behavior, but it does give us the hope that we will one day meet our Savior in the clouds.
We are Dust
For He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:14 NIV.
God created us from the dust of the earth. He knows that we are finite, imperfect due to sin, and in need of a Savior. He created an infinite, divine Son to come to save us from ourselves and the enemy. We are frail and in need of forgiveness on a daily basis. God sent Jesus to fulfill the role of the High Priest. We no longer need to sacrifice offerings to God on an altar. God kept up with the times, so to speak, and made it possible for his people to get to know Him due to Jesus. This shows us how much God loves us and wants our company.
Never Changing Love
Fortunately, God is the same today as He was in the Garden of Eden. His plans have not changed. He offered forgiveness at the beginning of humanity, and He offers it still today. The only thing blocking us from God is pride. We should pray for forgiveness daily and for the strength to hang on when sin tempts us. That way we can also start being less indecisive and tossed to and fro in our everyday lives. When we become mature Christians, we can also celebrate that we have never changing love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is something well worth striving for.