2012-12-06- Prelude to Salvation
Rev 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. (NASB)
When did God know that Christmas, the coming of Messiah, would be necessary?
One possibility would be when Adam and Eve fell from innocence in the Garden of Eden. They had lived in perfect fellowship with God and each other with one restriction - don't eat from the trees at the center of the garden. And of course they did and we know the story of the banishment from Eden. But that was not when God knew. Perhaps after the rise of Babylon and the scattering of the nations? Maybe after the flood when Noah and his family were saved on the great ship with all the animals, and we as a race sinned again? No, that was not then that God knew. Another thought would be at the end of the Old Testament days. There is a 400 year silence until the gospels open up announcing the coming and long-promised Messiah. Had God finally run out of options with all the Judges, Prophets and Kings? If one considers the history of humanity recorded in the Bible there are any number of places where God might have realized that His creation was flawed terribly.
All of these possible answers have one problem. If any of these events were the catalyst for the creation of a plan to save mankind that would indicate that an omnipotent God would have been surprised by any of this behavior. Surprise is not an attribute of all-knowing.
That perfect "Lamb who has been slain" is Jesus the Messiah; the second person in the Trinity. The "book of life of the Lamb" is filled with the names of all who will come to know Jesus as Savior. Those names have been written in that book since "the foundation of the world". The world was created during the week of creation at the creation of space and time - before Adam and Eve were created. God exists outside space and time. He was here before space and time were created since He created it. He will be here long after time and space end. He knows the end of time from from the beginning. Omniscient and omnipotent.
The Christmas story of Jesus in a manger is not the beginning of that story. It begins in eternity past when the Godhead met to save the creation that had not yet appeared, knowing that the cost would be the blood of the Son to destroy the power of sin, the Father turning His back of Jesus, for a short time, Who took on our sin to become our perfect sacrifice, and the Lord's resurrection to crush the power of death that bound humanity along with sin. God loved us knowing we would fall. He desired our fellowship knowing we would use our free will to turn away from Him. Christmas is the first day of Easter. It is the unfolding of the plan made before time was created to save frail humanity.
That is why Jesus came. That is how much God loves us. Selah.
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas.