I have said before that the cross of Jesus Christ was plan A from the beginning. What does that mean?
Here, I propose a theory. Not a dogma or doctrine or theological fact but a theory. You ever watch that movie “Dogma” by Kevin Smith? Rufus says, “I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier…” Not that I don’t believe in anything but some things I don’t keep so close to the chest. Anyways, I have an idea about what it means for Jesus to be “slain from the foundation of the world.”
So, where does it say that anyway? In Revelation 13.8, it says, “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” It is also said in I Peter 1:18-20, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 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.”
Now, I’m a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic and I sometimes view the Bible that way. Not as fiction but as a true story with incredible, fantastic events that science can’t explain. So I sometimes apply sci-fi/fantasy tropes to the Bible. One of those tropes is the idea of dimensions outside of the four we know (length, width, height, and time). Another trope is that those dimensions bleed into our own. With that, is also the idea of parallel universes. It is the idea of another world occupying the same space as our own but somehow “out of phase”. So, I sometimes see myself thinking of Heaven as a place with many more dimensions than the ones we’re used to and occupying the same space as our own world. This idea makes certain verses read an interesting way. For example, the Lord’s Prayer. It says, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” This gives the idea that whatever happens in Heaven filters “down” to Earth. It is that same idea of parallel universes bleeding into each other.
Here’s another passage. It is Galatians 4:21-26. It says,
Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
Here we have the idea that there are two Jerusalems. One is “above” and one is “below”. One is a shadow of the other. Also, we have the idea Hagar and Sarah (Ishmael and Isaac) were shadows of the old and new covenants which were both handed down from God. So we have heavenly reality bleeding into our own. The two realities are not separate entities. It just looks that way to fallen man. We can pull things out of one reality into the other. We can freely take healings, breaththroughs, gemstones, feathers, etc from one reality to another. We have that authority in Christ. “On Earth as it is in Heaven”…
So what does this mean for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ? It was a heavenly reality bleeding into our own. Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world. Before the world was made, Jesus suffered for our sins. This event was so powerful that it bled through into our reality in the person of Jesus Christ. Something so powerful happened in Heaven that it bled through and created this person that was fully God and fully man in our reality. Events kept bleeding through that resulted in the death and resurrection of this person. Again, this heavenly event was so powerful that when it bled through, it destroyed the laws of entropy (death) in our reality. This caused the torn body of Jesus to come back together and come out of the grave.
Because these laws were destroyed, we can restore what has been lost. We can raise the dead, heal the sick, lift up the poor. We can spirit travel, bi-locate, or even fly. Nothing is lacking anymore.
Am I right about this? Probably not. But it’s a good idea. And I think that, at least sometimes, God likes our good ideas.