Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life,
There is no other God like that of the Bible. What God in any other religion died for his own people and then rose from the grave again? What other God became like his own creations simply to know what existence was like for them? What other God did this just to have a closer relationship with his own creations? Only one. Only Jesus.
It was Jesus who created the world. It was Jesus who made man and woman. It was Jesus who walked in the garden and who promised them salvation once they had sinned. This came to pass when he was born into the world through a virgin, Mary, and lived amongst people, and died on a cross for all our sins.
" Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."
When Adam and Eve decided to sin against God it broke his heart. The Bible states that man, meaning humanity, was formed in the image of God. That does not mean we are physical representations of God, but rather that we have the ability to think, chose, and feel as God is able. He does experience grief, sorrow, and joy. Just imagine, God in the person of Jesus, created man and woman for each other! God created every flower and cloud and creature in this world. He created the stars and the galaxies for our enjoyment and so that we might praise him for his power and wisdom. God does have feelings but they are so perfect that they excel any human experience.
All this to point out that the Bible shares with us a bit of what God felt when he knew that man would betray him.
"... of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
This verse explains that the " Lamb," Jesus Christ the son of God, was slain since even before the world was completed! Do you see what is being shown here? Jesus was wounded, emotionally, just by knowing what humanity would do. It grieved him. The Bible uses the word "slain." That means it hurt him deeply. Why did it hurt him so much?
Because God loved us even before we existed! Jesus Christ created the world and allowed humanity the freedom to choose, knowing that we would make the wrong choice, and knowing that the only way to save us from ourselves was to become like one of us and die in our place.
The Bible is not just a book about a God. It is a book about The God. The God that fell in love with humanity, despite our weaknesses and failures, and loved us so much that he become like one of his fallen creations so that we might have the chance to be saved.
" For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that anyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life."
The Bible is really about a divine rescue mission. A mission to save you and I and everyone who turns to Jesus Christ. And the final book in the Bible, Revelations, reveals to us what will happen. The rescue mission is a success. And it was only possible because of God's great love for us. He is the "lamb" that was slain because he chose to save us.
I don't understand this love God has for me, I don't deserve it. But I am so thankful!
Praise God for his everlasting and perfect love! What other God is like him?!