I love free books! Especially when they are theological books with Star Trek references! 🙂 I’m sharing a section from the book “God is For Us” by C. Baxter Kruger…and here’s a link for the whole book online! Enjoy!!
There is a great line often repeated in the television series
Star Trek: The Next Generation. In each episode, there is usually
some galactic crisis and Captain John Luc Picard of the Star Ship
Enterprise calls his commanding officers together to sort things
through and form a strategy. After setting out a plan, Captain Picard
turns to his number one officer, Commander Will Rikker, and says,
“Make it so, Number One.”
That is a great line. It is a faint echo of the eternal Word,
which precedes all worlds and time and space, spoken by the Father
in conversation with His true and faithful Son in the Spirit. ‘I want
them at-one with Me—make it so, Number One!’
Therein is the necessity of the incarnation and death of the
Son of God. It lies precisely in the Father’s heart. It lies in His
unflinching determination that we should be blessed and included in
the Triune life. It lies in His unswerving faithfulness to His purpose.
There was certainly a major obstacle standing in the way of
the plans of the Father. But the obstacle was not the Father. The
problem was not that there is a side of God that has to be dealt with
before He can forgive, embrace, and accept us.
The problem was that you were there and He wanted you
here. You were in the far country and He wanted you home. You were
broken, alien and wrong, and He had determined you to be healed, atone
with and right for Him. You were trapped in rebellion, corruption,
and death, and He wanted you at His side, included in the circle
of His embrace and fellowship, and tailor-made for participation in
The problem was that the Father, and all His sides, is relentlessly
committed to us. He is determined that we will be with Him.
And therefore He shouts an almighty and intolerant NO! ‘I will not
tolerate that form of existence for you.’ ‘I will not tolerate shallow,
fallen, broken existence for you.’ ‘I will not tolerate your nothingness
and death and alienation.’ ‘You are mine, you belong to Me, in My
house, alive in My pleasure.’
‘Therefore, make it so, Number One!’
‘Go into the far country, plunge yourself into their ruin, alienation,
brokenness, darkness and estrangement, plunge yourself into
the skein of their guilt and corruption, and undo it, unravel it, destroy
it and bring them to Me.’ ‘Crucify that false and broken humanity
which is so enslaved to the evil one.’ ‘Revolutionize their whole
being and situation—convert it, transform it utterly.’ ‘I will be satisfied
with nothing less.’
That is the necessity of the death of Jesus Christ. The Father
made up His mind about us from all eternity. And He will not change.
He is uncompromising in His love. Thus, in utter opposition to our
alienation, He sends His Son to eliminate it.