THE FATHER LOVED US

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The untold real truth about our redemption story is that Christ had the choice to walk away and just allow human race be lost for ever without hope. He says,

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17,18).

Another real fact is that, no one in heaven would lose a sleep over the loss of man in the heavenly community, had God allowed it to go without His gracious intervention. It would had just become another history, after the episode of Lucifer who caused God the loss of a third part of His loyal angels. Yes, it would make the Father sad and grieve the angels, but it won’t stop their existence nor alter it in any way. Everyone would simply go back to their quarters and go about their normal heavenly businesses, and maybe, wait for another of the Father’s ‘project’. Man was that insignificant.

BUT, GOD LOVED MAN. And the great love God had for man made all the DIFFERENCE in his fortune in the context of heaven. Since God loved man, and counted him not insignificant, the whole community of heaven have respect to man and his welfare in love and honour towards God.

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So, the Father would retire into His Throne room and sorrow because He had just lost man, whom He made in His image. The children with whom He could relate with on a higher level of fondness because they were His joy. He made them for His pleasure to love and dote on them. But now, He could no longer go down to earth at the cool of the day to play with His beloved children anymore. Oh, what sorrow; oh, what heartbreak! How could man betray such a great love in unbelief and mistrust?

The Son would also mourn the loss of His brethren. He would have to endure seeing His Father sad over the loss of man who had decided to go the way of Lucifer and lost the control of the earth to him (God originally gave the control of earth to Adam and his offsprings, Gen 1:26-28). But, the Son would not have that any longer than necessary. He loved the Father too much to see Him grieve like this. So, He stayed for a while before the Father to comfort Him with His presence. He knew the demand of Heaven if a sinner would be redeemed. It was life for life, blood for blood. The blood of an angel was not sufficient to pay the price to redeem the condemned children to reconcile them with the Father. That is if an angel would dare to volunteer for the puny man. It was a tensed atmosphere. All of a sudden, the Son rose up and said, “Father, let me go die for man, so that man can be forgiven and come back to you again”.
“What?! You dying?! For man?! Why?! No, that will not be necessary, my Son”, Father answered.
“I cannot lose them and lose you too on their account”, Father added. “Yes, I know it’s only a royal blood that would be sufficient to redeem man, but it would be hard; I can’t put you through all that, my Son”, Father further said
“Let me go, Father”, the Son answered.
“They are precious, I cannot imagine them go into eternal damnation with Lucifer and his angels with no one to help give them a second chance. I cannot bear their separation from us forever, I love them too, Father”, the Son said.
For a while, the Father said nothing.
“Who will I have as close relations in the courts of heaven if not the ones made in our image? It was painful that they betrayed your love and affection for them, but let me go bring them back to you”, the Son later added.

Then the Father stood up and went to the Son, putting His hands on His shoulders, He said,
“You sure know that if you must die for them, you will have to leave your throne in heaven and go down to earth to be as weak like them, suffer in the dark like them, eat out of the dust like them and die their death, but for them?”
“I know, Father”, the Son answered, “I love them too”, He added.

When the Father saw that the Son was resolute about giving Himself to redeem man, He gave up trying to persuade Him not to make the dangerous sacrifice.

“You will go through the people and the children of my friend, Abraham”, Father later informed. “He also once offered his only son Issac, in sacrifice to Me”, He added.
“You will be at home with them”, Father further added.
“Yes, Father”, the Son answered.
“Wait for the appointed time, my Son”, Father said.
“Yes, Father” the Son answered.
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It was the bleating of animals that welcomed the Son of God in a manger at Bethlehem. He grew up with His poor earthly parents and was subject unto them till His announcement came. He chose a lowly life so that the poor and the rich could gain access to Him. He identified with and put on humanity to taste suffering and death for mankind, that He might be a merciful Mediator between man and God. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Heb 2:17).

Immediately after His consecration, He began His ministry with a simple message, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!”. He came because He loved us, His messages were laden with love. He went about doing good, healing the sick and delivering all that were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). He came to point the ways of God to man. He painted the vivid picture of Who the Father is to us. Never a man spoke like Him. He spoke with authority.

Though He was the Son of God, the humanity He put on made Him as weak and vulnerable as we are. He could get tired, get hungry, get thirsty and was in all point tempted as we are today; but, He never sinned (Heb 4:15). The enemy tempted Him with all the things we’re being tempted with today, namely; lust of the flesh – food, lust of the eye – possession of a vast kingdoms of the earth, and the pride of life – public show of superiority; but He overcame in all (Matt 4:1-11). He overcame so that He could be an acceptable sacrifice unto God for our sins, an offering without blemish or spots (Exo 12:5). He He endured all these and had then recorded that we all may know how we, who would believe in Him, could conduct our lives after Him.

Jesus rebuked sin and hypocrisy and He had long battle with the religious leaders of His days because of their hypocritical lifestyle and teachings. But His love was sure for whoever would dare come to Him for help and salvation. His popularity among His people made the leaders of His days jealous of Him. They were especially angry with Him for telling the people so much truth that they feared they were losing their influence with them. They plotted and had Him arrested with the help of a betraying close friend and condemned Him to die through false accusations.

All these were going on as the Father had planned it, to save humanity from eternal destruction. They scourged Him with a Roman whip called flagrum, which consisted of small pieces of bone and metal attached to a number of leather strands. It tore open His flesh and blood gushed out, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa 53:5).

On the night before His arrest, in the garden at Gethsemane, He prayed to the Father with exceeding sorrow in His soul because He could see the sufferings ahead of Him. He prayed and sweat, and the sweat was blood. He pleaded that the Father would make the cup of suffering to pass away from Him, since there was nothing impossible for God to do. But the Father answered not, signifying that He must drink it to save humanity. It was either that, or there is no hope for humanity for ever. The Son, having prayed the same prayer three times, submitted to the will of the Father.

So, the King of Glory was led away like a common criminal after the scourging. He was bound with fetters in the feet and hands. He was spat upon, insulted, slapped and humiliated. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isa 53:7).

Jesus Christ was hurriedly judged and sentenced through the demand of His people. He was rejected by the people He loved. Pilate sentenced Him to death through crucifixion. Isaiah 53:8-10 captures it thus; “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation (He had no children of His own)? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked (He was crucified alongside hardened criminals), and with the rich in his death (a rich man begged for His body, bound Him with an expensive linen clothes and buried Him in a new tomb hewed out of a rock; a burial setting befitting the rich); because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…”.

The sin of man, laid upon Christ was so awfully great that the Father had to temporarily look away from the Son. But the Son could not bear this one and He cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” (Mk 15:34). “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin…because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isa 53:10,12). Yes, in all this things, Jesus still prayed for His killers, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”.

That was the provision God made for our redemption. The beginning of the story was an imaginative fiction of what transpired in heaven before the Lord came to earth based on the statement of Jesus in John 10:18.

Jesus had suffered our suffering, and died our death. All we need to do now is simply to heed His call, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mk 1:15).

In Isaiah 53:11, God mapped out the pattern all living humans must take to attain eternal life, even before Christ came physically thus, “He (Christ) shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge (the knowledge of His suffering and death cumulating into faith and belief in His sacrifice for the individual believer who believes in Him as his/her Saviour for his/her personal salvation) shall my righteous servant (Christ) justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities”.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God? Only faith in Him will afford you life with God at the end of this life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (Jn 3:16,17). All the Father requires from us is that we would believe in the sacrifice of His Son, and serve Him in spirit and in truth, for God seeks such to worship Him (Jn 4:23-24).

Jesus says, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (Jn 14:6; 8:32,36).

You who believe in Him but still live in sin, would you like that Christ go through the suffering of death for you again? Why linger any longer in sin, when you know He bore all that pain and a broken heart for you? Or maybe, you didn’t know, but now you know what He went through to purchase our salvation. Why do you keep on breaking His heart over and over again by your lifestyle considering all He has done for you? Come to Him today. His call is a call of love. He’ll accept you if you’ll come. He says, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Jn 6:37).

Therefore, linger no longer in sin and unbelief. There’s power with Jesus Christ to conquer sin if only you can believe. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (Jn 1:12). Linger no longer lest it becomes too late to join this salvation train.

God loves us and He desires our love back in sincerity. He wants us to submit to Him and desire Him in our lives out of love and affection and not out of fear or compulsion. That was His original intention with Adam and Eve, our first parents. And He has shown us the way back to Himself in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who died to pay our sin debt, through love. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1Cor 15:22). Come.

PRAYER: Lord, I come to you today, forgive me my sins. I believe in Your Son Jesus Christ Who died for my sin. Wash me with His blood and write my name in the Book of Life. From today on, I say bye bye to satan and his works. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.

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