I wonder how God felt when He had to turf Adam and Eve out of Eden. There was no Plan B; Mankind had messed up. Not only had they disobeyed God’s warnings, they had forfeited the earth and its dominion to Satan. God could have washed His hands of them and told them to make their own way. ( just as Pilate did when the crowd shouted for Jesus to be crucified, he wanted nothing to do with it. ) But God didn’t because He loved them. Instead He put a rescue plan into action. He slaughtered an animal to make clothes for the man and woman. This was the very first sacrifice we read about, blood was shed for the benefit of mankind – a foretaste of what would happen to Jesus, thousands of years later. Jesus, known as the Lamb of God, would shed His blood for the benefit of mankind. This tells me something about God. God is a God of His word, He is a holy God, He does not lower His standards. God already knew before the creation of man that this would happen. He also knew that an animal’s blood could not redeem mankind, it had to be human blood, and so Jesus (God as man) came to earth and shed His blood on Calvary. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting God and His rescue plan.
People often question why did God allow Jesus to suffer and die on the cross? If you meditate on the triune mystery of the Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – being three expressions of God, you will realise that God died on the cross as Jesus.
As I meditate on this profound mystery and look at the state of the world, I again ponder on ‘what must God be feeling now?’ Is His rescue plan on target? And, when will Jesus be returning?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Gethsemane – Tears of Love