The redemption of humankind was carefully crafted. Before the foundation of the world, a plan was laid in place that Jesus would die for every person who would ever live. Each detail had to be exactly perfect. Each step had to be followed in the exact prescribed order. And when all of the steps were followed, the end result was stunning. There before us sat the perfect gift of redemption, salvation through Jesus Christ. Not tied up in a bow, but first wound up in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, then wrapped up in the arms of the crowds He ministered to, then wrapped up in the lashes of a tortuous whip before His ragged body was laid on the cross, then wrapped in burial clothes and laid in a tomb, and finally wrapped in the glorious light of His resurrected body.
Will you unwrap the gift? Will you choose to be wrapped in the love that was perfectly crafted to enfold you?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)
Original text © Francee Strain, December 3, 2017. Revised December 28, 2019.
Photo © Francee Strain, December 24, 2015