One Plan

One Plan Sermon Illustration

Thomas Edison finally constructed the first electric lightbulb in January 1879. One of the biggest hurdles was finding the right filament to burn within the bulb to keep it lit for longer than a few hours. “‘Before I got through,’ he recalled, ‘I tested no fewer than 6,000 vegetable growths, and ransacked the world for the most suitable filament material’” (Jim Powell, “The Education of Thomas Edison,” Foundation for Economic Education, February 1, 1995, Though his success has granted us electric light, he had to sift through thousands and thousands of different solutions to find one that worked. His focus and perseverance even in failure proved commendable, but we can be far more confident that God did not send Jesus as his one-thousandth idea for salvation. He has always had one plan.