Isn’t it absolutely amazing about how well God knows man, His greatest creation? It is absolutely mind boggling to know that our God knew before He actually formed man out of the dust of the earth, that man would be sinful. This is especially true when we realize that God did not make man as a sinful being.
When God made man, He made him without sin, and placed him into a utopian place called The Garden of Eden and in doing so man was given the ability to make decisions and to reason. It was this freedom which was the downfall of man. It was the decision made by man that caused him to fall out of his right relationship with his God. And we today, shall either live or die by the decisions we make. The decisions we make today will either keep us in right standing with the Lord, or they will make us estranged from Him.
God knew before the foundation of the world that man would sin and would need a means by which he can come back into a right relationship with God. And because of this, Jesus was already prepared to leave His Heavenly abode, and come to this dark and sinful place to provide man with the means by which he would be enabled to return to a right relationship with his Creator. This is Love!
The world had become sinful because of Adam’s fall from grace and yet the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We can be thankful to God for true love. This, indeed, is true love.
It has always been the requirement of God that atonement be made through the shedding of blood. At a specific time, priests would offer the blood of specific, unblemished animals to God for the atonement of the sins of the people. This was the means used under the law, but that was insufficient due to the fact that the law could only identify the sins of man without the power to do anything about the required, needed cleansing that man needed. And because of this weakness of the law, Jesus came down to this dark, sinful world to offer Himself in the shedding of His innocent, righteous blood for the cleansing of the sins of mankind. Through the shedding of His righteous blood, there lies the power for the sins of man to be redeemed and to bring man back into a right standing with God. Because of this, man can now say, “Abba Father.” What true love this really is!
As we approach this Christmas season, let each of us be reminded of the greatest gift of all. That is the gift of life, which was made possible by God giving His only Son and His Son giving His life through the shedding of His innocent blood that each of us might be given opportunity to come back into a right standing with God. Because of this, we can now be called “justified.” Let’s be thankful for the greatest gift of all – Jesus! Hallelujah!
Now, what gift can you give to your fellow man? I give him my love. And what gift will you offer to the Lord? I give Him my life. For my life is but a small token compared to the gift He has given to me.