Acts 2:23-24 NIV 2011
This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
The book of Acts is attributed to the physician Luke, a disciple who walked with Paul on the mission field. He addressed even the rebellious in the crowd after Pentecost and the promised Holy Spirit’s arrival. He stated God knew who would crucify Christ. Sin was nailed to the cross with Christ as the final sacrifice for sin. Jesus did not remain where the rebels wanted but rather was raised from the dead. Those who rebel against God unintentionally bring about His perfect plan.
Being a bit of a rebellious daughter during my college years I’m thankful, I finally found my way back. It was a slog at times with some alternate side roads visited, but through it all He continued to guide me back. Upon reflection, I am consistently amazed, grateful and most thankful daily He never gives up on me. 2 Peter 3:9b, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” I’ve seen His perfect plan frame my life, even when I rebelled against Him.
What ways will we choose not to rebel today?
His plan is perfect,