Last night we went to a tent revival and heard a preacher say that the Cross of Christ was not God’s “Plan B”. I must confess that I had never considered that before. But in considering what the Bible has to say about Christ, His life, death and resurrection, I realized that what that preacher had said was very true.
We can read in 1 Peter where the apostle said, “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
God’s plan for our redemption, for the payment of our ransom was planned before the foundation of the world.
So when we read “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1), we can begin to understand that the cross was not the second best thing to everyone living without sin from Adam and Eve until this day. No, it was in reality, PLAN A, and there was no Plan B, unless you consider hell to be Plan B.
God knew in advance, before He formed the first bit of clay into the first man, before He took that rib and formed the first woman, that we would be in need of redemption. In that same chapter of 1 Peter , Peter writes, “You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith, more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated. They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified in advance to the messianic sufferings and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.”
Every parent looks into the face of their newborn baby and sees an angel. But hidden under that lovely soft exterior is a born sinner. They can’t help it, it’s in the genes, our genes! And like all parents who want to believe that their little angel will grow up to be a law abiding, honest, kind, reverent and obedient person, but know in their hearts that the trouble usually comes in waves, betwixt the tweens and the teens, God knew that the trouble would come to His children as well. He had no doubt. Had there been doubt, He would not have assigned the task of crucifixion to His one and only Son.
One can only try to imagine the shock and the anticipation of the coming horror when the God of all heaven outlined His plan. With eyes lowered and tears running, all of heaven must have mourned in advance of what the Lord of glory would eventually face in order to mark our debt “PAID IN FULL.“
In 1 Corinthians 2 the Apostle Paul spoke of “God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, a wisdom God predestined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind, God prepared this for those who love Him.”
After Adam and Eve donned their fig leaves and hid from God in the garden, our fate was sealed. But read that verse again, Paul said that this mysterious wisdom was a wisdom that God had predestined, that is, He had planned it before the ages, before the foundation of the world, a mysterious wisdom that was for “our glory.” How could Christ’s crucifixion be to our glory?
Our glory comes in with the revelation of that hidden wisdom, “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” That wisdom was hidden from the rulers of that age. And in a way, that is Plan A of God’s Master Plan, the demonstration of His love. Had God allowed the rulers to see into His mysterious wisdom, a wisdom that was from everlasting, as the Scripture says, “they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” and that would not have fit into His Master Plan for without the crucifixion there would be no salvation.
God has never needed nor will He ever need the advice or help from mankind and throughout time, God’s Master Plan was being previewed. With every blood offering, He was showing the world what was coming. And with that preview, the Old Testament prophets gave 366 prophecies that spoke of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. And everyone of them has been fulfilled against the odds of one in a billion.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” (1 Corinthians )
Is the message foolishness to you or are you standing in His glory that fills the heart of one who has received the revelation of Jesus Christ?