“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” – Peter 1:18-21
“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” – Revelation 13:8
Before God even created the world, He decided that Christ would redeem His creation. Before God spoke anything into existence, God already had the plan of salvation.
When God divided the light from the darkness, He knew Adam and Eve would fall into sin. As God separated the sky from the waters, He knew the pain and the heartbreak that humanity would cause Him. While God made the land and brought forth life through the plants and vegetation, He knew that it would all be tainted by sin and death. When God placed the sun, moon, and stars in the sky, He knew that man’s wickedness would become so great, He would have to flood the earth. As God created the birds of the air and the fish in the sea, He knew that humanity would worship all that He was creating instead of Him, the Creator. When God made the animals and gave the breath of life to man, He was planning to send the perfect lamb as a sacrifice for the very ones that were going to mess it all up. And as God rested on the seventh day, He knew that His good creation and the ones who were made in His image would kill His son. We know from John 1 that Jesus (the Word) was with God the Father creating the world that would kill Him, but that He would save.
God knew every single sin you and I would commit. He created the world–and you and I–knowing that He would save us. Knowing what it would cost Him to save us. Planning to redeem us and make us His own.
Jesus is the “lamb without blemish or defect” saving those whose sin has caused all of the blemishes and defects.
There are marvelous mysteries of God at work here. Things difficult for us to understand. Questions of “why” that we can’t yet answer, but we do know what scripture says. None of our failures and sins are a surprise. None of them put us out of reach of God’s salvation through Christ’s perfect sacrifice. God has been planning your salvation for a very long time. God’s love for you was present at the creation of the world, when He already knew how He would save you and bring you into His family and kingdom for the glory of His name.
“…it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ“, you are worth far more than silver or gold. Your salvation was being worked out before the beginning of time and was bought by the most precious life to ever walk the face of the earth. God’s love and His glory have been on display through the plan of salvation–including your own–since the creation of the world.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. – 2 Timothy 1:9-10