Personal reflection is a hallmark of the Lenten season. Jesus spent 40 days reflecting on his mission to save the world. We too have the opportunity to spend 40 days reflecting on what God has done for us and for humanity.
We often miss the “big picture” of God’s Masterplan. God’s plan took thousands of years to implement and involved many course corrections because of human error.
Below is an extremely abbreviated guide of “God’s Masterplan” so that we may get a glimpse of what God has done for us… and at what lengths.
Take some time to reflect on each of these.
- God Created – The Universe and Us!
God created everything there is, including us. What motivated God to take on such a big infrastructure project like this? Love. God is love and everything God does is done out of love.
- Genesis 1:1
- John 3:16a
- 1 John 4:8
2. Humanity Rebelled – Against God’s Rule
From the earliest days of recorded history, we recognized our preference to do things our way and not God’s way. We created a rift between God and ourselves. Yet God never gave up on us and decided to repair the relationship we intentionally broke. We walked away. God will never give up on us.
- Genesis 3:2-7
3. God Chose – Abraham and Sarah to Build a Nation
In order to fix what we broke, God’s first step was to build a nation in which to share the most important principles of life and God’s will. God chose old, childless Abraham and Sarah. God gets all the credit for building this nation from two retirees.
- Genesis 12:1-4
4. God Instructs – The Nation of Israel
Many years after God chose Abraham and Sarah, the nation of Israel is ready to move towards a clearly defined relationship with God. God not only gives them the 10 Commandments but also many other principles to help us understand how bad sin is and how to receive forgiveness. These laws will one day help the world understand what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
- Exodus 20:1-17
5. God Establishes – The Promised Land and a Place of Worship
More years pass and the nation of Israel is more than just a people, it also possesses a homeland! God promised the Israelites a place to call home all the way back when Abraham was alive. More years pass and the first temple to worship God is established in Jerusalem thereby cementing the practice of sacrificial atonement of sins. Once again, this plays a crucial role in understanding what Jesus did for us on the cross.
- Joshua 1:1-6
- 2Chronicles 7:11-12
6. God Sends – Jesus to the World
Another 1000 years goes by and it is now the right time for God’s greatest gift to be given (since creation). God sends himself and lives among his people. Jesus teaches, heals and loves all.
- Galatians 4:4
- John 1:14
- Luke 2:10-11
7. God Repairs – The Damage of our Sin and Rebellion
Jesus knew that his mission was to repair the damage done by humanity when we chose to do things our way versus God’s way. Jesus came to repair the rift in our relationship with God caused by sin. Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins. Yet, three days later he rose from the dead and reminds us that love wins in the end. Because of Jesus, we are forgiven and promised to be reunited with him and other Christians at the end of our lives.
- Matthew 17:22
- John 1:29
- Mark 15:37-39
- Mark 16:5-7
- Revelation 21:1-4
8. God Gives – The Holy Spirit
God accepts us as we are but does not want to leave us in that condition. Jesus wants to transform our lives by giving us the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. It is the Spirit that causes us to grow in our relationship with Jesus and shapes us for service in this hurting world.
- John 14:26
- Acts 1:4-5
- Acts 2:17-18