Plan B (or Is God surprised by our sin?)
Jesus was not plan B.
Jesus, fully God and fully man come down to earth, perfect spotless Lamb, Atonement for our sins, crucified and risen from the grave to rescue fallen humanity was not plan B.
That can be confusing from some vantage points. Why would He create mankind in the first place if this would be the result, if their sin would subject the whole world to destruction and separation from Him? Why wouldn’t he have protected Adam and Eve from the fall, rather than saving us all from the hopeless chaos afterward? Surely He didn’t intend for that to happen.
Let’s think of it from another vantage point, though. The all-seeing, all-knowing Creator God of the universe was not surprised by sin. He was not surprised, and was certainly not thwarted. If we were to believe that Jesus, our Savior, was a “plan B,” then we would also have to believe that God had an original “plan A” that failed. But the God of the Bible is all-powerful, accomplishing His purposes every time.
So, from that point of view, the answer is clear. We can know that Jesus was not plan B.
He was the plan from the very beginning.
It’s hard to understand. Why would God do that? Why would he let His creation be vulnerable to hopelessness and despair? Why even involve suffering in the eternal plan at all?
We can know with confidence, though, that the gospel story of the Bible was not written haphazardly by our God. He knew what He would do from the beginning.
Colossians 1 : 15-20
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-
all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
He was the agent of creation, existing eternally with God and the Holy Spirit. In Him we see a clearer picture of God, as He fleshed out the will of His Father on earth. Through Him, we are afforded the opportunity to come into reconciliation with God.
Even though it is sometimes hard to understand, the God in whom we trust is worthy to be trusted. He has provided us with more than enough in His Son, and welcomed us to participate in His story. He knits everything together with great care, knowing how each stitch supports the others, knowing from the beginning what His finished project will look like. His work is flawless.
He has got this. He has a plan. He’s had it since the beginning; and it’s working.