Only Three Years (Luke 3:23)

In the state of California, there is a project known as the high speed rail. The ambitious plan was to create a rail service linking the cities of San Francisco to Los Angeles with additional plans to connect Bakersfield, Anaheim, San Diego, and portions of the Inland Empire. A proposition was approved by voters in 2008 and led to the initial groundbreaking in 2015. From an initial estimate of $33.6 billion dollars, the costs have exponentially ballooned with some estimates ranging as high as $100 billion. Meanwhile, construction delays, legal bickering, and an inefficient bureaucracy have ground the project to a near standstill. California is not alone. Hawaii also has a similar boondoggle, running billions of dollars over budget with no completion date in sight. 

A high speed rail project seems to be a very straightforward project, especially since it was approved by the citizens of the state. The technology and human resources to complete the task are readily available. Yet over twelve years later, the project is still far from completed. California had seven years to plan before they embarked upon the actual construction. Would twelve years of planning have solved the problem? What about twenty years? Clearly the original planners had vastly underestimated the task that was set before them. 

What if the project was to proclaim salvation to a lost world?  How many years should one allocate to such a project?

Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age…

Luke 3:23 (NKJV)

The public ministry of Jesus Christ was three years. If I was given the same task that Jesus Christ was given by God, His Father, I think I would need far longer than three years, more like three thousand lifetimes. What is the difference? From the time of the fall into sin by Adam and Eve, God put his plan of redemption into motion, but the planning began even before time existed. At the time of His choosing, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be born into this world. He ordained three years for Jesus to proclaim His message. Was it enough time? The message He proclaimed has never changed. God kept His promise and proclaimed that all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will receive salvation and eternal life. 

When man plans a task, the fiasco of a high speed rail project may result. When God plans a task, He guarantees success. How do we know this? He did it by sealing it with the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Praise God!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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