I was really, really tired this morning. I invited my oldest daughter to run the “Triangle Route” with me. I knew she wanted to run her daily 5k and I figured running her pace and having a chance to talk sounded really good to me. So we ran our 3.1 miles at a 9:32 pace and finished in 29 minutes and 35 seconds. It was a nice, but hot and humid 5k.
As I was reading through John 17-19 today, the phrase that kept sticking out to me was “to fulfill Scripture” (John 17:12, John 19:24, John 19:28, John 19:36 and John 19:37).
It is truly humbling to consider the love of God.
For God so loved the world that He planned to give His only Son. This plan was put into place thousands of years before it ever happened.
God so loved the world that He promised to give His only Son. So many pages and passages of Scripture point to the fact that God promised that He would send a suffering Savior.
God so loved the world that He followed the plan perfectly by giving His only Son. When it came time to follow through with what had been planned and promised, God did it.
It is always nice to receive a spur of the moment gift. I feel appreciated when someone, even if at the very last moment, decides to do something kind for me. That is nice and I feel loved. However, when someone plans, promises, and follows through perfectly, I feel really loved.
That is what God has done for us! You were not an afterthought! His decision to offer you eternal life was not a last minute idea.
…He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in [Jesus]. In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:4–10, ESV)
Wow! God is truly good!
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