In order for salvation to be possible for all human beings, the infinite counsel of God conceived a plan of redemption before the universe was created. God, who knows all things, was aware of all the events which would transpire on the earth. He knew before the moment of creation that should He create man in His image and woman in the likeness of man, they would use their power of choice with catastrophic consequences.
The inevitable outcome of creating man with the ability to determine his own destiny was that he would use this great power incorrectly. Man is made like his Creator with the capacity of creation, order, design, beauty and self-determination. The negative results of an incorrect choice by Adam has caused all those who came after him to inherit his moral defect, which the Bible defines as “sin.”
Sin is defined as missing the mark of perfection. There is no human being who would deny that we are all imperfect. We must realize that in the beginning—when God fashioned the first man, he was perfect in every way.
Imagine a world where every person is continually seeking the welfare of other people. Love is not a slogan; it is a way of life. People really love each other and they demonstrate their sincere love consistently by right behavior towards each other. No one hurts or takes advantage of any other person. The pursuit of life is not centered on the accumulation of money or possessions. Everyone lives for relationships: first, with God; second, with all other human beings. This was the glorious ideal that God determined for all of us when He fashioned Adam as the first man upon the earth.
Sin became the corrupter which has made all of the above impossible. Adam used his power of choice and self-determination to destroy the beauty that God intended for our lives.
Mankind will never, on its own, be able to accomplish perfect love because our sin nature makes this impossible. The humanist manifesto is a false declaration that we are getting better because our technology and knowledge are growing. Unfortunately, the only change that occurs as a result of our technology expanding and our knowledge increasing is that we find new and creative ways to hurt each other, take advantage of other people, and become more and more selfish. People in former times traveled to see other people in order to have a conversation with them face to face. Today, wherever we go, we see people looking down at a 4-inch screen, inputting a text message or a comment on their electronic device.
The message of the Messiah is that God is about to change this corrupted world and restore human life back to the perfection He intended.
David’s description of the Messiah in Psalm 22 reveals that He will take the full measure of God’s wrath against our sins so that in a future day, all who have placed their salvation in His hands, will have the opportunity to live in a perfect world with perfect people.
Understanding these facts, why would God make a creation that was destined to betray Him and necessitate the death of His Son in order to atone for their sins and make redemption possible?
The precise answer to this question may not be known to us until we are finally in the presence of the Lord. We can only guess that the primary reason for the Lord to go through with a plan which appears to have a built-in certainty of failure—is, the end result would ensure a great victory for God and for man. There are many examples of this principle in our own lives and throughout the Bible. Job questioned how the Love of God for him fit into the present suffering that he was experiencing. It was the end result that God was focussed on, not the temporary discomfort and losses of Job that were immediately before him. The Book of James describes God’s look ahead in Job’s present suffering which allowed the Lord to grant satan temporary access to Job, which was the direct cause of all his suffering.
James 5:11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
At the conclusion of Job’s trial, his observations in how God had operated in his life—was much different from how he imagined that God would work, before he entered his horrible trial.
Job 42:5-6 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
A true revelation of God did not arrive in Job’s life until after he had been through one of the most horrible trials ever recorded. It was at the end intended by the Lord that Job could see the entire purpose of God. The completion of his trial allowed Job to know God personally by experience rather than simply by what others had told him of God.
To commit ourselves fully to the Lord with no reservation in whatever He might choose for us is the door through which we enter into a greater revelation of who God is. We must believe at the beginning that the Lord is truly good and that He always has our well-being at heart. We must understand that there is a good end intended by the Lord in our present suffering. That end is for blessing and so that we might know better who God is and how great His power is towards those who trust Him.
Jesus had no hesitation when it came to His trust in the Father. Whatever course the Father chose for the Son, Jesus was ready to follow that path. When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the night that He was arrested, tried six times, and condemned to death the following day, He asked the Father if there was any way that this “cup” of suffering could be taken away from Him. The short answer was no, and Jesus did not hesitate to conform Himself into the complete will of God and drink completely of all the sins of the world. Jesus could do this because He fully trusted in the Father. Although Jesus had been God for all eternity—when He came to earth, He did so as a Servant. As this 83rd prophecy so eloquently describes the complete trust of the Messiah in God, Jesus perfectly fulfills David’s prophecy of Psalm 22:19.
As a result of Jesus’ absolute relinquishment of His own rights and the absorption of the Father’s will as His own, He has been given a name that is above all other names. The encouragement given to us, is that we should also have this same mind in all our suffering. To make ourselves a servant to the Father, so that all people might know who Jesus is. The end result of a heart and attitude like this will cause God to use us to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God
Philippians 2:5-11 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the a glory of God the Father. (NLT)