He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
- Ephesians 1:4
This first Christmas didn’t happen in a stable in Bethlehem. It happened before the foundation of this world. We don’t know all of what the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were doing before the creation of this world, but we do know one thing for sure: Before the foundation of the world, God the Father chose us in Jesus.
This is a profound mystery. The God of history planned history before history began. A helpful but imperfect picture of this is an author who charts out a story before putting pen to paper or an architect who draws blueprints before digging out the foundation. So the birth of Jesus and the salvation of sinners were planned by God before this world began.
This is not a puzzle to solve; it is an anchor to tether our souls to. God’s love for us reaches back to eternity past. We have never lived a loveless day. Jesus’ coming and all the joy it would bring so that a weary world rejoices was conceived by God long before he took dust from the ground and breathed into it the breath of life.
So as you prepare to celebrate this Christmas take heart, knowing that before the foundation of the world God chose to love, bless and save you.
A Moment to Reflect
In what ways are you encouraged knowing God chose you before the foundation of the world?