Before He Made The World - The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament
Before He Made the World
Usually it makes sense to start at the beginning. But when looking for footprints of the eternal Jesus, we have to start before the beginning—before the “in the beginning” of Genesis 1:1—because the Bible repeatedly speaks of a time before time when God’s plan for the world, centered in Jesus Christ, took shape.
What was the plan God was making before time began? Paul tells us in a letter he wrote to Timothy: “God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:9, emphasis added).
Since before time began, God has wanted to show us something—something significant that puts the glory of who he is on display. He has wanted to show us his grace—to shower his forgiveness on people who don’t deserve it. Jesus has always been and will always be at the center of that plan.
The sending of Jesus into our world as a man who died for sin was no afterthought to fix what Adam and Eve ruined. Sending Jesus was no plan B but God’s glorious plan A from before the beginning! “God chose him as your ransom long before the world began,” Peter explained (1 Peter 1:20). Paul put it this way, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:4-5).
Before the beginning, God knew that he would make us and that we would reject him. He knew that we would need a Savior and that the only One who could save us would be his own Son. From eternity past, Jesus has been the center of God’s plan. And into eternity future, Jesus and his work on the cross will continue to be the center of God’s glorious plan.
You who loved me before time began, how could I ever question your plans for this world and for my life? Your magnificent plan to display your glory and your loving plan for me began before the beginning, and I am humbled and quieted before such a Sovereign God.
The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament
By Nancy Guthrie