Every now and then, we appreciate our Lord Jesus for his selfless sacrifice and death on the cross. We are mindful of the fact that he died on the cross in the most humiliating way possible just for our sake. We celebrate his death and resurrection every year during Easter and remember all his works of mercy and miracles while on Earth and even after his death. That is all well and good, I mean, if there were no death and resurrection, there would most definitely be no redemption.
In the midst of all this, I most recently discovered that we fail to notice and reflect on the most important sacrifice; the sacrifice of a father who gave up his only begotten son. Have we ever stopped to ask ourselves, “how did God the father feel as he watched his son get accused falsely, stripped publicly, whipped, paraded like a common thief and nailed on a cross between two thieves”. The love of God is greater than we can comprehend, but let’s try to imagine how we’ll feel or act if any of our loved ones were to go through any of the things Jesus went through and we had all the power that God has, what are we going to do? What will our reaction be like?
I’m not trying to belittle the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, don’t get me wrong, I’m just trying to bring to our attention the difficult decision God had to make. There were many occasions where he could have easily put a stop to everything, take for example the incident at the garden of Gethsemane, and it makes me wonder how hard it was, what he went through to hear his son call on him and know what was ahead and yet for our sake he let everything take its course. Let’s be reminded that this was his only begotten son, and imagine how we would feel like and if we would even be able to allow such a thing for our loved ones.
This just proves how boundless and great Gods love for us really is; the extent he is readily willing to go just for us. The sacrifice of a father brought us redemption.
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