Where was God and what was He doing as the tectonic plates slowly moved, made mountains and created continents? Was it His slow, long work of creation – His day? Was He communing and delighting with His Son, the Holy Spirit and Angels?
Such a patient, long weaving of the context for the brief breath of mankind – and yet God Himself sent His Son to suffer for such. Temporal Kenosis!
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour.” Psalm 8:3-5
But before all the millions of years, before the “Big Bang” – whatever that was/is, before time itself…there was love, identity and redemption…There was a Lamb…there was a wounded God.
Wisdom – “No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” 1 Corinthiens 2:7
Love – “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24
Glory – “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” John 17:5
Grace – “God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” 2 Timothy 1:9
Choseness – “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” 1 Peter 1:18-20,
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Ephesians 1:4
The Promise of eternal life – “…a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…” Titus 1:2
A Slain lamb – “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation 13:8