God’s plan from the beginning

Twelve years ago this month, I bought my first Bible. I didn’t buy it because I was looking to understand the Christian faith or anything like that. I bought it because I wanted to knowledgeably make fun of my friend, Adam. Instead, I found myself captivated by the Jesus I saw in its pages—a Jesus who taught with authority, who had power over demons and to forgive sins. A Jesus who made extraordinary claims about himself, even claiming to be God himself!

I was amazed at this Jesus, one I’d never truly heard of before. Ultimately, my desire to mock my friend’s beliefs were a part of God’s plan to bring me to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Twelve years later, when I study the New Testament, I still find myself amazed at all Jesus did to rescue humanity from sin and death. I’m even more in awe when I consider how this was God’s plan from the very beginning:

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Throughout the Old Testament, we see glimpses and shadows, pictures and promises, of God’s rescue plan. But at a moment no one expected, the shadow gave way to substance, and God’s only begotten son came into the world, born as a human being. A baby boy named Jesus; the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.

Rejoice in this good news, friends—and behold the Lamb, who was God’s plan from the very beginning.

Posted by Aaron Armstrong

Aaron is the author of several books for adults and children, as well as multiple documentaries and Bible studies. His latest book, I'm a Christian—Now What?: A Guide to Your New Life with Christ is available now.