“But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.” John 14:31
Jesus told his disciples it was because he loved his Father so much he would do what he was told. Abraham loved God completely, also, and followed through with God’s instructions. Imagine taking your own son to a lonely place to sacrifice him because God told him to do so. We know God stopped the sacrificial killing of Isaac, but a part of me wondered why God didn’t stop Jesus from dying, too. Intellectually, I understand God had this master plan developed long before Jesus was born, and by dying, Jesus took with him the sin of the world, including mine.
A few years ago, I read a story about a couple who conceived for a specific purpose. They had a son with a serious illness, and the only possibility for him to survive was to have a stem-cell transplant from a sibling. Their medical miracle happened. They gave birth to a healthy child who gave sustaining life to his own brother. These people did this knowing God brought Jesus into the world for a purpose, too, to teach, heal, and then die to save not just one child, but for all believers. Because Jesus loved the Father, he trusted that he was safe in God’s hand–God knew what he was doing.
Lord, thank you for loving us as you loved Jesus. Amen.