The word of God as written in the Bible is a clear record of facts depicting how much God loves man and woman as the most important of all His creation.It not only shows God’s elaborate plan and purpose for mankind but it also illustrates the involvement of the creator in ensuring that His love for what He created continues throughout all generations.This devotional message seeks to bring an in-depth understanding of the story of God’s love for you.
The creation story in the book of Genesis chapter one, from verse twenty six to verse twenty eight ,shows a Godly consultation that came up with the resolution to create man in the image and likeness of God.
This is after God had created all the other things,but the creation was incomplete without man.God took the time to create man from dust and afterwards put the breath of life in him as opposed to just saying a word as was the case with the rest of the creation.And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.Genesis 2:7 He gave man authority over the rest of the creation giving him access, rights and privileges And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.Genesis 1:26 second to none among the created beings.This is a clear indication of the value and importance that God attaches to Man .
Jesus Sent to Die for the Sins of Man
When Adam and Eve sinned and were banished from the Garden of Eden,God was greatly angered by the interruption of His plan to continue loving Man and having fellowship with him.As a result,we see God cursing the serpent for deceiving the Woman and also cursing the ground on behalf of Adam.In order to ensure that His plan of Loving mankind continued,God sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross, as the only worthy sacrifice to atone for the sin of man ,and to eternally reconcile the fallen man back to Himself.
Jesus will come for The Believers
After Jesus died and rose from the Dead,He ascended to heaven where he Sits with God the Father.As per the prophesy recorded in the books of the prophets,and the vision of John in the book of Revelation,Jesus will come back for “His bride”.This is the church composed of all people who believes in God and welcome His son Jesus Christ into their lives.These will reign with Christ eternally as a culmination of the story of God’s love for you and me and a fulfillment of His plan and purpose for mankind.
God’s overall plan
The overall plan of God from the books of Genesis to Revelation is one of love and goodwill for his creation, especially humanity.It is clear that God wants humanity to enjoy life,take care of the rest of the creation and fulfill God’s will on earth.Furthermore,the Bible in the Gospel of John chapter three verse sixteen accurately records that it was as a result of loving the world that God gave His only son with the sole intention that man believes in Jesus,is saved from perishing and inherits everlasting life.There can never be a better illustration of love than this sacrifice that God offered for the restoration of the love relationship between Him and Mankind.
Rev.Ranches L Hall