God's Plan to Save Man

Before there was an earth filled with people, places and things, God created heavenly beings called angels who would be His messengers and would perform a variety of tasks for His glory. They were special beings who were able to witness His power in creating a magnificent universe. Each angel was a creation of uniqueness, but one stood out amongst the rest for the Bible describes him as being one of beauty and wonder. His name was Lucifer which means son of the dawn.

Lucifer, on account of his beauty, became prideful and thought more of himself than he should have, for he was no equivalent to God. Ezekiel 28:17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. (NIV) Lucifer did not desire to remain humble and submit to his Creator. He somehow fashioned the idea that he could do a better job of being sovereign than God. He became arrogant, defiant, narcissistic and combative. Lucifer managed to convince 1/3 of the heavenly host to join him as their leader in a war against the other heavenly beings who remained loyal to God. Things, however, did not turn out as Lucifer had planned.

The rebellion was stomped out and Lucifer along with his followers were kicked out of Heaven. Never again could they return to their angelic positions. Lucifer, filled with anger and hatred towards his Creator, was not about to go down in defeat if he could help it. Revenge would be his ultimate goal and he would do whatever he could to destroy anything representing God. Nevertheless, God always remained a step ahead of Lucifer for He too had a plan to right the wrong that had been done by Lucifer.

God’s plan was one of redemption. Lucifer, who became the devil, would try to disrupt the beauty that God desired to establish on earth. He would have been successful if it had not been for God’s amazing gift of love to mankind through the sacrifice of His son. Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, would have to do what no one else could do. He alone would have to come to earth and carry the burden of the world’s sins upon His shoulders.

The task would be great. The stress of it all would be unbearable, but it was the only way to keep man from going to a devil’s hell and would have to be done. Man would be eternally lost if Jesus made one miscalculated move and failed to follow through with the plan as ordained by his father. The mental agony that he would have to endure would be torturous as he would be humiliated in front of an evil audience.

Satan would take a front row seat, as he would watch the plan unfold while trying to set traps to prevent its fulfillment. The hatred that would be felt from people, whom Jesus had come to save, would be a weight greater than anyone could imagine. He would have done no wrong and yet, his enemies would want to kill Him because He displayed acts of kindness. He would never commit a crime but would be tried as a criminal for wanting to only redeem the lost. He would never raise His hands to hurt anyone but would have nails hammered into his for only healing the sick and raising the dead. He would never speak an unkind word but would be mocked for encouraging the broken hearted and rebuking those who burdened others. The charges which would be brought against him would not fit the alleged crimes of love, compassion, forgiveness, and restoration. If these were crimes, Jesus would be guilty as charged.

Jesus would later talk with his Father and ask if the cup of suffering could be passed from him. He would feel the strain of what would take place even before it would be fully carried out. Yet, He would say to His Father, “Not as my will, but Thy will be done.” Even in the face of death, Jesus would be submissive to the will of his Father. The Roman soldiers would carry out his crucifixion as prompted by the religious leaders who plotted against Him. He would be betrayed by one of His own followers and forsaken by the rest and yet, He was willing to endure it all because of His amazing love for all mankind. That dark day would be one of sadness and yet one of redemption. Man’s debt for sin would go from being in the red to being free and clear in the black. It would be a day that those in attendance would never forget and would be talked about for centuries. It would be The First Black Friday.

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