God’s Plan to Redeem Humankind was not Plan B
Adam and Eve had disobeyed God. They hid themselves and tried to cover up with leaves. Why? They now experienced fear. The funny thing was that even though God called Adam, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9, NLT), God knew where he and Eve were all along. God knew Adam could not respond to Him as he had done before. It was no surprise to God that Adam and Eve hid. So God came to find Adam and his wife.
The couple were afraid – what would God do? They had known the Lord God, their Creator, and had walked with Him in the garden of Eden; but this was something new and terrifying for them. They knew that they had disobeyed God. They may not have totally understand God’s words about dying if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die” (Genesis 2:17, NLT); but they knew that they had done something very wrong in disobeying Him.
What did they expect would happen? They must have expected something very awful to happen. Their response was to blame someone else. Adam blamed his wife, the woman blamed the serpent….Adam feared that God would hold him accountable, so he passed the buck. Eve did not want to carry the total blame, so she pinned it on the serpent. Sin had entered God’s creation – God’s perfect, created beings lost both their own loving relationship and their love relationship with their Creator. Adam and Eve were now spiritually dead and were decaying in body as well as soul, mind, will, and emotion. They could no longer love and live the way God had intended.
At that point, did God suddenly have to call an emergency meeting of the Godhead Council? Did He have to quickly think up a plan to save humankind? God does not live within the same constraints as we do. Before the foundation of the world, He had made up a plan. He knew Adam and Eve would fall; and in His great and perfect love, He was ready.
God said to the serpent, “…I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15, NLT). Yes, God had a plan. Long before Adam and Eve had sinned, He was ready. Jesus Christ was prepared to leave His glorious life and enter into the sin-besotted world to save humankind. Jesus was going to strike a blow to the enemy which would destroy the power of sin and redeem humankind. Genesis 3:15 prophesies regarding Jesus coming into the world as the offspring of a woman and dying for us on a cross. What a wonderful gift God had planned! Jesus the Messiah came as a baby to save you and me. No one could have come up with a better plan. God saved the day! He is our Hero….