When God Said 'No-o-o-o-o-o!'
Too few people know that there was a moment long, long ago when God the Father said 'No-o-o-o-o-!' His 'No' reverberated throughout eternity and all creation heard it. The moment that prompted it was the fall of Adam and Eve.
God's reaction to the fall was not anger or wrath. His response was 'No-o-o-o-o! I did not create you to be destroyed. I did not create you to live in misery. I created you to share My eternal life with you. My purpose in creation was to adopt you into the inner circle of My life, My joy and My eternal purpose, not to lose you to a lie. My purpose, Adam, will not be thwarted. My dream of fellowship with My people will come to pass.'
At that moment, the road to Incarnation began for Jesus. He, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the earth, took upon Himself the Adamic existence that replaced Life as Adam and Eve had known it before their sin. For thirty-three years, Jesus, the Word made flesh, hammered out the undoing of Adam's devastation by living in perfect obedience and fellowship with His Father under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
It was His 'Yes' to the Father's dream. It was His 'Yes' to the Father's heart-wrenching 'Noooo!'
How do I know that? Because that's what the Bible teaches.
But God, being rich in mercy [note: Paul did not say God was rich in anger, but in mercy] because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-5
You may have heard that the death of Jesus on the Cross was payback to God's wrath against man's sin. I take exception to that understanding. Jesus did not come to change God! He came to change man. That interpretation portrays an angry God Whom Jesus must convince to once again accept human kind. It makes God double-minded!
The scripture says that in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself. It does not say that Calvary was about reconciling God with the world.
It was not the Father who changed because of Calvary. It was man who was given the opportunity to fulfill the Father's dream of intimate fellowship with us.
I, the Lord, do not change. Malachi 3:6
His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23
All of Redemption's plan is about the LOVE of God, not about anger or wrath. Even a casual reading of the Parable of the Prodigal Son should make that clear to us.
Ask the LORD to reveal His love to you. Think more about His eternal, uncompromising love than about yourself and you will discover a new depth of relationship with Him that can literally change your life!