By Kendra Clarke
Adam and Eve turned away from God and His divine plan for their lives. Even still, God desired to restore mankind unto Himself and to allow us to regain everlasting life with Him in Heaven. He missed the close and personal relationship He once had with the first man and the first woman. He desired that open and direct line of communication with his creation, where a burnt offering would no longer be required. However, the stain of sin had made that possibility an impossibility. Recognizing that there was absolutely no way that mankind would ever find its way out of this never-ending cycle of sin and dysfunction, God devised a plan to rescue us.
The Word Made Flesh
God’s plan involved Him sending to earth, His only begotten son Jesus to atone for the sins of mankind, setting the stage for man to be reconciled to Him. “For God loved the world so much that he gave His one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus came down from Heaven, not to do His will, but God’s will (John 6:38). He was sinless but assumed human nature in the flesh to enable Him to minister to us and our needs. He was the Word made flesh and He dwelled among us… (John 1:14). “For even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). The Lamb of God, came into to the world to be a sacrificial blood offering for the sin of all mankind.
God’s Plan Was Greater
Where Adam and Eve failed in their interaction with Satan, Jesus would succeed. Where they were ill prepared to confront the lies and temptations of the Enemy, Jesus would instead beat him down with the Word of God. Satan thought he knew who he was dealing with. He probably thought that since his schemes and temptations had worked before, that they would work again, but he was no match for Jesus. When all else failed, he set out to kill Jesus using mankind to do it, not realizing that that was all in God’s plan. God’s plan was greater than anything that Satan could conjure up.
Jesus Paid Our Sin Debt
Satan’s short-sighted plan was to kill Jesus’s flesh, but the Son of God came to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus was God in the flesh and was perfect in every way, sinless was He, but out of His love for us, He sacrificed Himself and died so that we could live. He took all of our sins, burdens, diseases, sicknesses, etc. and bore that enormous weight upon His body. He incurred the penalties that were rightfully ours to pay for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Jesus paid our sin debt in full and released us from the bondage of sin.
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