He Knew Ahead of Time

Imagine you find yourself standing in front of a thousand doors. You are given the freedom to open any one of those doors and walk through it.

Not only that, but you are also given the ability to foresee what will happen if you walk through your chosen door.

As you stand before these thousand doors, one door seems to stand out more than the rest. So you take advantage of your future-seeing abilities, and look ahead to what will happen.

You see that there will be great opportunities for love. But you also see a lot of pain and sadness and hatred.  You see yourself humiliated, ridiculed, tortured, anguished, and separated from what you hold dearest. The few who love you will try to demonstrate their love, but very often they will fail. And everyone else will either ignore you or openly hate you.

The good news is, everything turns out pretty well in the end.

So – would you walk through that door? Or would you decide to pick one that didn’t involve so much pain and suffering?

 

Theologians talk a lot about the problem of evil. Why would an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God create the potential for evil?

We tend to look at that question from our own human perspective. It doesn’t seem right that God allows us to go through so much suffering.

I understand the questions that arise. And I don’t know all the answers. That’s not what this blog post is about anyway.

Instead, I’d like to turn the question on its head.

The other night I was thinking about the fact that God knew ahead of time that Jesus was going to suffer and die for us. Think about that for a minute. He knew ahead of time that He was going to be forsaken by his friends, stripped naked, beaten raw, and nailed to a cross to die. And yet in spite of that knowledge, He chose to create us.

Why would God choose to walk through that door? I certainly wouldn’t have!

The only answer that comes to mind is that He knew it would be worth it.

 

So as one of our pastors has often said, “He died for me; I’ll live for Him.”

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:17-20, NKJV)

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