There was never a plan B.
Fear. It has its place in our lives, sure—like keeping us safe in a common sense sort of way.
Don’t play catch on a busy street. Don’t ski down a black diamond on your first day. Don’t eat the expired chicken salad.
But Fear has a way of breaching its boundaries and trying to control us, often succeeding.
What are you most afraid of?
Unworthiness? Sickness? Losing a child? Rejection? Loneliness?
When we don’t have control, we can always count on Fear lurking in our corner. And the thing is, we rarely have control.
We read the story of Christ’s crucifixion and can easily wonder, Was there no other way? Did God’s plan fail? Did God lose control? Was Jesus a victim? Was Jesus afraid?
While Jesus was not immune to the suffering He experienced, Fear was a stranger to Him. This was Him covering the whole fully human and fully God at the same time thing. Jesus allowed every agonizing action and false word to take place because He knew His purpose on this earth and trusted in His Father to fulfill it.
Jesus spoke with God just before being arrested and said,
“Not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
But why? Why did Jesus have to die if God is in control?
From the beginning, God knew a sacrifice of this measure would be required for you and me to know Him in a real way. Because of the death of Jesus, Fear doesn’t get to hold us captive anymore— because we get to choose Life.
This was the sacrifice of Jesus—taking away our Fear and replacing it with Love. The death of Jesus was not a plan B. God, from the beginning of time, ordained this because He saw our brokenness and said, I adore you, and you are meant for more.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4-6)
We are no longer slaves to Fear. We get to choose Love because we are children of God by the sacrifice of Jesus.
Talk about something to meditate on and celebrate into eternity.
Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we get to know Him and have a life-giving relationship with Him. This relationship is where the Love is born. This relationship is where Fear dies. Love trumps Fear, always. Thank you, Jesus.
I don’t know about you, but when words of Truth are meshed into song, it’s inspiring in such a fresh way. Our church, CLife, does an amazing job with the song, No Longer Slaves. It’s one of those songs that whether you are a music lover or not, a long time believer, a fresh out of the gate learner, or maybe a questioning cynic, by the end of it, you get it. You get the gospel. Here is the original video from Bethel Music.
Thank God for Easter. I hope you feel His divine presence in your life wherever you are. His Love triumphs.