May 25, 2013

The Father’s Love – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:02 pm by sranderson0103

“and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

Those who know the blessing of having a son should understand the very special love described in this passage, especially when the son is praise-worthy. Even when that son is not, there is a powerful emotional bond that weighs heavily on the heart. Recall the deep emotion that existed in David toward his wayward son.

“Now Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was there three years. The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom;…” (II Samuel 13:37-39)

Even though his son plotted to destroy him, David loved him and was devastated when his son was killed.

“The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (II Sam.18:33).

“The king covered his face and cried out with a loud voice, “ O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (II Sam.19:4).

We know that the relationship between God, the eternal Father, and His divine beloved Son must not be exactly the same thing, but the Holy Spirit used this intense human connection to communicate God’s relationship with His Son. “This is My beloved Son…”

In this remarkable verse, the Father is speaking from heaven, and is introducing His Son to the world. This is the first New Testament reference to “love.” Actually, the Father’s love for the Son was the first love ever documented to exist. Christ referred to it as He prayed in the upper room, “You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24).

There are many other references to the Father’s love for the Son, including two references to the Father’s voice at His baptism (Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22) and two more in the upper room prayer (John 17:23, 26). One great reason for that love is the following: “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative.” (John 10:17-18).

The extent of the Father’s love for His blessed Son was all-encompassing. “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.” (John 3:35). Furthermore, “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing;” (John 5:20).

God also spoke of His “beloved Son” on the Mount of Transfiguration, as cited four times (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35; II Peter 1:17). There are seven references in the New Testament to the Father’s heavenly testimony to His beloved Son. Similarly, there are seven passages where the Son Himself testifies of that Fatherly love. In addition to the six cited above, Christ said, “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you;” (John 15:9).

Seven testimonies from the Father and seven from the Son! Surely the Father loved the Son with a perfect love. And yet—

In spite of His the intense emotional bond that He shared with His son the heavenly Father gave up His son in an act of truly supreme love. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”      (I John 4:10).

Such amazing love for unworthy, hell-deserving sinners, merits more thanksgiving from us than we could ever generate, much less express.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris




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