“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” (KJV, Gen. 1:1). During those first six days, God divided the waters from the land and deep from deep. He brought light into being and gave darkness a name. He caused the Earth to bring forth greenery and fruit that could produce after its kind. He created time and painted the Heavens with His wonders. He bought forth creatures to roam the lands, swim the waters and soar through the skies. When it was finished, and it was good, God created Adam and Eve to live in the gift of His paradise.
Everything was done so humanity would come.
In the belly of Egypt, Israel grew. Joseph, son of Israel was betrayed and made a slave and a prisoner so that the dreams he had dreamt of power and authority could be made real. Through his suffering, the unseen multitude of Israel was preserved and given a safe haven to flourish during famine. As the generations waxed and waned, the memory of Joseph dimmed and the Pharaohs began to enslave the Israelites. In anguish, Israel cried out and God sent Moses to lead them. He sent terrible plagues until Pharaoh let them go and parted the depths of the sea so that they could be free of the bonds of Egypt.
When Israel’s forgetfulness and disobedience caused them to succumb to temptation and they were led astray, affliction, strife and captivity found them. Time and time again the hand of the Lord was heavy upon the Israelites so that they might remember, repent and be reconciled to Him.
Everything was done so Israel would come.
In a stable in the stillness of the night, Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph. He submitted to the parentage of His flesh and the customs of the times, refraining from beginning His ministry until He was of acceptable age. He endured the bondage of flesh for the sake of the cross. To reach the cross He was betrayed, wrongly accused, beaten and mocked. Nails were speared through His feet and hands. A crown of thorns was made to claw at His scalp. On the cross, His body was forced to torture itself for the sake of breath until He breathed no more. With His death, the veil was torn and full access to the throne of God was re-established for all of humanity. The sin of every soul was paid for in perfect love, by perfect blood. In three days He rose again with victory over death, hell and the grave.
Everything was done so that all would come.
In the present age, a soul is born into a time, into a place, into a circumstance. Childhood comes. Trials come. Seasons turn into years. Hardships slump the shoulders and dim the eyes. Adulthood comes. Growth happens. Regression happens. Growth happens again. Slowly, steadily, growth prevails. You dig your roots in a little deeper to stretch up a little higher. Still, there was suffering. Still, there was pain. Still, there is struggle. Still, there are scars. Why?
There is an eternity far beyond our comprehension but well within our reach because of the cross. There is a relationship to be had with Perfect Love.
Since the dawning of time, through the struggles of the ages, through this path, you’ve walked.
Everything was done so you would come.
“Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-29 (NKJV)
Extraordinary is here!