17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:17-21 (NASB)
As Christmas approaches I continually thinking about the reasons why Christmas (the Incarnation) had to happen. This passage says that the plan of salvation was already in the mind of God before He ever created the earth. I confess that I don’t quite understand how that works. I believe that God is omniscient as has always known everything. The Lamb of God, who would take away the sins of the world, was always the plan God the Father had in mind. This passage says that he appeared in “these last times” for our sake. He was born to die so that we might live. No matter how many times I think about that, it still blows my mind.
Grace and peace.