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 1:19-20 NIV
This past June, the federal Minister of Defense revealed that the government is going to spend $4.9 billion dollars over the next few years modernizing North America’s aging defense systems. The new system will replace the North Warning System, a string of radars built in Canada’s Far North in the 1980s to identify approaching Russian bombers, that represents the backbone of this country’s contribution to Norad. Canadian and U.S. military officials have warned for years that it is now all but obsolete thanks to recent developments in long-range missiles and weaponry.
People make all sorts of plans. Some are simple – plans for the next day or week often work out. Plans for a year or two away are always more tenuous. When the pandemic hit, all sorts of plans were delayed, and delayed again, or canceled altogether. We just don’t know. The only One who makes plans that never fail is God Himself. God created a perfect universe, but in his omniscience, He also knew that sin would ravage His creation, starting with the heart of every man, woman, and child throughout history. Knowing this, God did two things – He created the world, and even before that, He crafted a plan of redemption. The apostle writes this in 1 Peter 1:19-20: “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.” God understood the price He would pay to redeem us. He would have to step into our world and lay down His life for us, shedding His own blood. No wonder the birth of Jesus still captures our hearts today.
These have been words from the heart.