How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
This morning I awoke thinking about the great sacrifice that God the Father made in sending His only begotten Son to be born in a manger over 2,000 years ago, and I am overwhelmed and brought to tears at the knowledge of God’s unfathomable love for us. You see, in August, we took our firstborn daughter to college in Arkansas. We stood in the chapel on campus, and our little family of four clung to one another and melted into a big pile of sobs, tears, and puffy eyes. It broke my heart to see her leave, even though it is what we wanted for her. Every ounce of the mother in me wanted to cry out, “No, you can’t do this. Get back in the car. We are all going back home and living together forever.” Being my first time to take a child to college, I was not prepared for the pain and struggle that it would bring to my heart, and all I was doing was dropping my daughter off on a beautiful campus where she would make new friends and hopefully have a wonderful college experience for these next four years. If I in any way thought that a painful, horrific, humiliating life awaited her in Arkansas, there is no way that I would have sent her there.
I cannot help but wonder how God the Father must have felt at the incarnation of Christ. His deep and abiding love for us must have been mingled with a heavy pain in His heart as He knew what was ahead for His Son. He knew what the sacrifice would be. Jesus would leave His home in glory where He had never come in contact with sin and would enter into a fallen world where He would be surrounded by the sin of mankind and then eventually bear that sin upon the cross. Until the incarnation, He had never experienced humiliation, now he would suffer the humiliation of being publically executed as a criminal. Until He came to earth, He had never felt physical pain, now He would suffer torture and a slow, agonizing, painful death. For all of eternity He had existed in glory with His Father, now He would give up His rightful place to come to a world in which He would be mocked and ridiculed by a fallen and depraved part of creation that was not worthy to touch His feet, yet they would cast judgment upon their Creator, the very One who sustained their ability to even breathe. God knew all of this when He sent His Son to be born of a virgin in a stable in Bethlehem. God knew the ridicule, humiliation and pain that awaited His only Son, yet He sent Him regardless, because that was the price He was willing to pay so that we could be forgiven. I cannot begin to fathom the depth of God’s love is for us. There is not a person on this planet that I love so deeply that I would sacrifice my child for them so that they could live, yet that is exactly what God did for us. There must have been a mixture of emotion in God’s heart on that first Christmas. His plan to redeem us was unfolding, yet God knew what it was going to cost. So as Christmas approaches, remember the love and sacrifice that was required to send Jesus to be born as a baby. As you sing “Away in a Manger,” remember “The Old Rugged Cross” because God saw them both on that Christmas night.
“How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.”
(lyrics by Stuart Townend)
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