Bounds Cross Baptist

A Greater Plan

During every stage of life people plan ahead. Children talk about what they will do when they grow up. Teenagers at school choose which subjects to study, thinking about a particular job or what will help them to gain access to university. Couples organize their weddings, set up homes and then anticipate raising a family. As life goes on, people plan for careers, holidays and all sorts of special occasions. They make plans for their retirement and even their funerals.

Whilst we make many plans, some will come to fruition but others may not. In our short lives here we are continually reminded of the insecurities that face our best laid plans. There are tragedies that we did not expect that throw us into turmoil. The economic situation at present only continues to raise questions about plans we may have made for the future. Job security can so suddenly end and treasured possessions so easily be taken from us.

However, nothing stood in the way of God's plan of salvation to mankind. God, from the time of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, promised a Saviour who would bear the punishment for our sin, so that we could once again be reconciled to Him. God in love and mercy sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to save sinners and promised that all who believe on Him shall receive eternal life. Jesus' birth was all planned:

  • Taking human form, being born of the virgin Mary, the lowly place of His birth and laying in a manger because there was no room in the inn.

  • The angels being sent to herald his birth to shepherds on the hillside.

  • A special star placed in the sky that brought wise men from the east to worship Him.

  • As a young child being kept safe from the impending danger presented by King Herod, because of the purpose of His coming.

    If we read the account of Jesus' birth in the Bible we will see how everything foretold in the Old Testament came to pass as God had planned. Writing of Jesus' birth Matthew tells us:

    "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet (Isaiah), saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
    Matthew 1:22-23

    Jesus' birth, death and resurrection are unique and significant events which hold the key to our lives now and hereafter. It is therefore essential that amongst all the plans we make that we do not forget God's greater plan and the reason why Jesus came to this earth. Are you willing to accept such a plan? We are reminded in the Bible:

    "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
    2 Corinthians 6:2

    We do not know what the future holds but if we have asked Jesus to forgive us and we are trusting in Him, we can confidently leave all our plans in His hands, leaning on Him for guidance in every step of life's pathway. Above everything else, may we have His peace so that when we are called to leave this world we are safe in His hands for all eternity.

    "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1

    If you would like to know more and do not have a Bible, you could visit this bible website: www.biblegateway.com