“They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.” Revelation 14:
God created humans with his divine image imprinted and implanted in us. And that was just the start. He had amazing plans for us.
He placed us in a Garden where, under his care, we would grow even more and more like him.
It was THE Plan. It was a Glorious Plan. We were to be joint heirs with Christ.
That original plan is well captured by the song Glorious by www.Meetthemormons.com “Its like a symphony. Just keep listening. And pretty soon you’ll start figuring out your part. Everyone plays a piece in their own melodies and each one of us is glorious.”
Amazing. High Five’s of Angels. Everyone is happy.
Except the Snake….the big one, not the small one.
Satan tempted Eve in order to get to Adam and Adam’s poor choice disrupted that plan.
That is to put in mild. It slashed and burned God’s Plan. Things become non-glorious very quickly. Adam and Eve’s son killed their other son.
So much for Glorious. Glorious is only an option now because of the CROSS.
It got so bad so quickly that God had only two options: Kill the who Plan or Start Plan B.
God is too creative, too resilient, too persistent and too loving not to have a Plan B.
He would put enemity between that snake and us. Genesis 3:15 was Plan B.
That Plan B also including driving humans “out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Gen 3:24).
Plan B included his sacrifice: “the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world” (Rev 13:8).
No glorious without the sacrifice!!! “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Heb 9:22).
In this Plan B, we have the only way God can work his plan in and through us. He will reinstate us!!
“Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matt 19:28).
As Paul reminded Timothy,
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim 1: 12-16).
By faith, we grasp the Plan B. We repent. He forgives and cleanses from unrighteousness.
The new garden is the church, a hospital for recovering sinners. A place of Grace and healing.
The Holy Spirit works on us to bring us into His image.
We become like him.
We enter into his Four Acts of Leadership I outlined last time.
We enter his submission, we practice mutual submission with one another and with God.
We enter his service, expressing our love in gifts of time, talent, and tenderness to others.
We enter his sacrifice, not as a lamb for our sins (there is only one lamb and forever paid for at the Cross) but as one carved with love. We learn to bless when cursed, thank when reviled, do good when despised, and pray for those who persecute us. He gives us that strength!!!
And finally, we live in the believe in his summative work of judgment. Those who repent, he can justly forgive and those who don’t he can justly destroy.
Plan A was best. But Plan B is only what will work now.
In Plan B, we are reinstated with Him in heavenly places.
In Plan B, we are made eager to serve those in the world.
In Plan B, we embrace sacrifice as a way to reach those who, like us, were so long blinded by Satan.
In Plan B, we enter into his judgment hour work
That is glorious!
P.S. you can download David Archuleta’s “Glorious” from Meet the Mormons
Just remember, we can sing it ONLY because of Plan B. Plan A is no longer an option.