Each day this month, we will consider key moments in God’s glorious plan to redeem us. We will understand both the overarching story of God and the highlights of all he’s done for us in Christ.
In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve needed rescue. Sin had corrupted the world. Death, disease, pain, and conflict had marred God’s perfect creation.
Even worse, something important within Adam and Eve had died. They had lost their connection with their Creator, Caregiver, and Companion.
This was no reality show; they were truly naked and afraid.
In this disaster, God was the first responder. He didn’t sugarcoat the situation. Life would be hard, but we also see the clues that God would begin the rescue plan right there and then.
He made a promise that a distant descendant of Adam and Eve would fix what the serpent ruined.
Then, as they watched, God used an animal skin to cover their naked bodies. In this they perhaps saw the first sign that God’s promised Redeemer would need to die to cover their shame.
The rest of the Bible reveals how God responded to our disaster by revealing one overarching theme: redemption.
God did not leave us in the rubble and ruin of our fallen state. From the first moment, he rushed in to rescue us.
The people of God in the Old Testament looked forward to how God would rescue them. Job prophetically said, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth” (Job 19:25).
New Testament believers looked back on what God did for them. Paul observes, “Jesus Christ … gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own” (Titus 2:14).
Lord God,thank you for displaying your grace over and over again throughout history, and promising a deliverance from evil from the moment we first disobeyed. Thank you for not only covering our shame, but also delivering us fully from it, in Christ.
Throughout This Day: Take time often to thank God for the redemption he planned even before the beginning of time and space. Reflect on the love, grace, power, and wisdom his planned deliverance displays.
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