If we are to have any hope of understanding the Christian mystery we have to have some idea of God’s plan for the salvation of humanity. When we see this we are able to put Jesus and all the preceding prophets of the Old Testament into perspective. For most of us the Bible seems to be a mismash of stories, some historical and interesting, others boring and legalistic. But when we know the plan of salvation the whole story falls into place and becomes actually very simple.
In the beginning God created humanity in his image. Adam and Eve broke the rule of obedience God put on them (“you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil”) and “The Fall” occurred. For you and I, having given Adam and Eve dominion over all things we would have dealt with their ungratefulness by turning our back on them completely, but this is not what God did. He had a plan. Beginning with Abraham and on down through the Old Testament God gradually revealed his love for humanity by his actions on behalf of the Israelites. He intervened directly in the history of his people; taking them out of Egypt, giving them his law, picking their kings. Eventually he intervened in a way that was unimaginable, He became man. What a wonderful revelation of God’s love. Jesus came to pay a debt he did not owe, because we could not pay a debt we did.
When we understand this, that Jesus is God in human form, that he reveals the Father, and that he came to show us that there is no length God will not go to in order to demonstrate His love for us, then we begin to see how wonderful a thing the Plan of Salvation is. As we say in the Exultet, the prayer of Holy Saturday Night, “Oh happy fault, Oh necessary sin of Adam, which won for us so great a redeemer!” What do you think?