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By Dan Grant

God's Love Unfolded

John 3:16

God is. There was never a time when He was not. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are, and always have been one.

“And the earth was without form.” It was empty; pure space; it had no shape or substance, and “darkness was upon the face of the deep.” (Genesis 1:2)

God, our God, who has always been, always knew that he would give shape to the earth, and upon it, create a home for the man that he always knew that he would create for himself.  It was always in his plans to create for himself a people to love and care for, a people not unlike himself, made in his image with a heart and mind of love, as he himself is love.

What a wonderful, marvelous, loving and faultless Creator.  He determined in his heart in time unknown: before the first star shot it’s rays across the great expanse; before the Cherub would spread it’s wings and soar throughout the vast universe; before there was anything He (a loving God) determined to share all that he was and is with a creation as yet, time knew not of.

Here began a love story above all love stories; there was a bond between the omnipotent God and a creation that did not yet exist; a relationship that would someday break the heart of the Creator Himself, for just as God always knew that he would create a man, looking forward through time he knew that his creation would need a Savior.

He saw where he would have to evict the man he created from the beautiful home that He created for him and his posterity. He saw where that man’s descendants began to hate one another because disobedience had brought about such a change in them that they no longer shared the image that their parents began with in their garden home. Greed, selfishness, power and favor now occupied their being. He saw where sin would drive the very people he loved to engage in behavior so horrible that only the death of the Creator Himself could save them.  Thus, before mankind even existed, the Savior began His journey to the cross to save them.

"The plan for our redemption," (Ellen White wrote in her book The Desire of Ages, page 22) "was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of " (and Paul echoes the statement in Romans 16:25 RV) "the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal." Ellen White goes on to say that, "God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. So great was His love for the world, that He covenanted to give His only-begotten" (beloved) "Son, 'that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' (John 3:16)"

 

God kept that promise on Calvary; and I want to remind you that that promise was kept not just for those of Christ's day, but also for those of us living in this day and age as well.  Every sinner, no matter the age, gender or status, Christ carried our sins to the cross!


Lovingly leaving you with John 3:16

 

Updated: Dec 29, 2011

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