The Mystery of God’s Grace: How He Knew Me and Still Chose to Make a Way for Me

Mystery. It’s a word which conjures images in the minds of many but often leaves the thinker with more questions than answers. As humans we love a good mystery. There have been books written, movies produced, games played, and stories told about mysteries for ages. One song in particular that comes to mind is by Selah and is titled “Mystery”. The lyrics of the chorus go as follows:

Mystery, how He came to be a man
But greater still
How His death was in His plan
God predestined that His Son would die
And He still created man
                                                                                  Oh, what love is this
                                                                                  That His death was in His hands

I want us to stop and ponder this thought for a moment. There is an almost immeasurable amount of theological depth and insight in those simple, yet profound, words.

  1. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
  2. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (ESV)
  3. “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1 (ESV)
  4. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)
  5. “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV)

God the Son willingly left His rightful place in Heaven to become a man and to offer His life as ransom for the sins of all mankind. The truth that makes this reality all the more mysterious is that He knew before the foundations of the world that He would have to give His life and yet he still chose to create you and me. Can any of us imagine the kind of love, mercy, grace, and sovereignty necessary to exemplify that kind of sacrifice? I can very easily imagine giving my life for my wife, my kids, my family, and even some of my friends, but I doubt that I could ever say to my wife “let’s have a baby whom I know I will have to die for”.

The beauty of God’s work is not simply in His knowledge but in His very will. I think we often times get confused and erroneously think that God must have been lonely or needed companionship. Sometimes we even get downright heretical and think that God could not have made us and simultaneously made no way to reconcile us to Himself or that God needs us to complete His perfect will. God is not beholden to us. We are beholden to Him! And what a privilege it is to be beholden to the Creator of the universe and the Author and Finisher of our faith!

It truly is a mystery how God could see me every day and still choose to save me. Yet the greater mystery remains how God could have seen me before he created me, have known every single sin I would ever commit, see the depths of my depravity and know the darkness of my heart, and still choose to provide Himself as the perfect sacrifice. And the good news is that I’m not alone. He has made a way for all who believe and are called according to His purpose! So friends, let’s not forget the gravity of what God has done for us both at the cross of Calvary and before the dawn of creation.