I would like to start out with a brief note about my faith. As many of you already know, I am a Christian author who wrote The Depth of Grace, Find Hope at Rock Bottom, and I am now working on three additional titles: The Depth of Words, The Depth of Religion and The Depth of Comfort. One objection I have heard concerning my writing efforts is that I do not have any special degree in religious or biblical studies. It’s true that I’m not a pastor, and my walk is probably considered unusual, given I have been alone in His Word for over 13 years now. When I started studying the Bible, I was a full-blown drug addict who sold drugs to support my habit. I was also considered one of the most violent men in Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana.
So, yes, the truth is that I can’t offer up an impressive list of degrees in biblical studies to intrigue readers. However, I can honestly say that when I started studying the Bible, I studied as if my life depended on it. There wasn’t one aspect of my life that I could be proud of when I began searching for Him. I didn’t trust people and didn’t trust the church, so I was very alone when I began my studies. I can tell you today that, since then, I have walked with Jesus and have come to know Him personally. I have not had guidance from any religious institution, but I have witnessed miracles and I believe. I know Him.
In this Post, I wanted to take a moment and cast down any doubt concerning Christ’s plan of redemption in our lives, no matter what our current situation may look like and even if we are 100% to blame. Let’s take a look at God’s character when it comes to sin.
When Adam and Eve fell into sin in the garden of Eden, God was quick to address the situation. However, strangely enough, they were not punished first. First, God rebuked Satan and told him that He would send “enmity” (Jesus) to crush his head: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NIV).
It’s important to note that at the point God assured Satan that his head would be crushed for deceiving man, Adam and Eve did not yet understand sin and what it meant for them. They were not even able to fully comprehend what they had done and what it would mean to humanity. Please note that by the time God addressed Adam and Eve, He had already given Jesus Christ the assignment to restore mankind. If we take a step back and look at this picture, the plan of redemption for mankind was already in motion even before Adam and Eve understood what they had done. This is the character of our Father when it comes to sin.
When we fail, no matter how great it might seem, once we reach the point that we can fully comprehend what we have done, we can be sure of a few things. Jesus Christ has already been given an assignment concerning us. At the point our situation has even been declared impossible, we have already become God’s business, as that’s the way it was written. It is because of the story in the garden that Jesus Christ came to earth. God told Satan in the garden that Jesus was on His way to crush him. And when Jesus came, it was only to address what happened in the garden. Jesus Christ came to destroy the work of Satan and complete the perfect plan of redemption in us, and He held nothing back when He was here. He became the Lamb of God and fully understood His purpose. That’s why He remained silent when they spit on Him. That’s why He allowed the rulers and elders of His own people to humiliate and mock Him. The message is clear. As Jesus hung on the cross—with “King of the Jews” written above His head as a sarcastic gesture—He remained silent because He was thinking about our current situation, as He is timeless and there is nothing new under the sun. This was the plan of the Father all along, even though few understood. The purpose of His blood was to cover our sin and completely restore to man what had been lost in the garden. This blood guarantees our complete redemption at every point in our lives. His blood has destroyed the work of Satan.
We are God’s children, and when we fail, it’s certainly okay to be sorry and feel overwhelmed and shameful and hurt even more than what we may admit. However, His blood is sufficient to cover our failures. He didn’t hold anything back when He came. The truth is that when we fail and reach the point where we are able to fully understand the magnitude of our failures and what it may mean to us and even our families and the ones we may have hurt most, we can be sure that Jesus Christ is already on His way. He has already been given His assignment concerning our situation and restoration. His plan is to destroy the work of Satan, and His plan is perfect and no devil or human being can keep Him from fulfilling His purpose in us. Jesus Christ meant business when He came and He means business right now. We are His business and He will hold nothing back when it comes to His children: If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself (2 Timothy 2:13 NIV).
Sometimes it helps to understand God’s character when it comes to sin simply because we are sinners. The more knowledge we have about our Father the less strength the enemy has against us. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own perspective of ourselves that we forget His perspective. As you will find in this blog post, our redemption was the first assignment of Jesus Christ. When God looks at us He sees an ongoing project of His Son Jesus. This assignment is precious to Him and Jesus has already proven that He will be faithful at any cost. We were the first assignment of Jesus Christ and He cannot lose site of that assignment. We are the purpose He came to earth. If Jesus was ever serious about our complete redemption and restoration He is serious right now.
I hope you found encouragement in this post and can taste the message of grace. We as individuals are the only ones who can completely derail God’s plan of redemption in our lives. We can reject Jesus and deny Him that opportunity. However, if we are willing, He is willing. That’s the gospel of Jesus Christ.