The Father Who Killed His Son
His father killed him. He showed him no mercy. Killed him in a most terrible manner. Slowly, painfully, intentionally. He slaughtered his own son. A son that was all a father could wish for. A son who honored his father. A son he loved. He killed his own son!
How? Slowly and mercilessly. He sent men to arrest him. He had them strip him naked and rip his flesh open with thirty-nine merciless lashes to his back. Then, he bound him and with the help of the men who had arrested his son, he fastened him to a tree and drove nails into his hands and feet. And for six, long, horrific, excruciating hours, he watched them torture his son to death, not lifting his hands, even once, to help.
Who would do such a thing to his own son and why? Who? God. Why? Love.
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. (John 3:16, 17)
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Yes, it was the Heavenly Father Himself who killed His Son. Not Satan. He was powerless to do so. Neither could Pilate or the Roman soldiers. Jesus is the Lamb of God! Jesus is the Sacrificial Lamb.
God Himself provided the Lamb for the sacrifice. And God Himself was the High Priest who presided over the sacrifice made on Golgotha’s Hill. He sacrificed His first-begotten Son, the Son He loved with an everlasting love, the Son Who dwelled in His bosom, the Son Who was the express image of Himself. He did it, as hard as it was, truly the only thing He ever did that was hard and nearly impossible for Him to do. He did it for the sake of sinners. He did it because He loves you. He did it because the Son was willing.
Here are the facts. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory. Justice demanded punishment. The Law required death. Jesus offered His life. The Father offered His Son. And now, none who trust in Him will perish. Now, all who believe in Him are forgiven. Now, all who place their faith in Him receive the gift of everlasting life!
God’s love for us is truly unfathomable. We will have the opportunity to spend eternity getting to know this love. But you don’t have to wait until then to start experiencing it. You can receive Jesus now as your Savior, if you have not yet done so. Just tell Him that’s what you want. He’s waiting for the invitation. It’s that simple.
Child of God, “Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!” This week, make sure to tell someone about this incredible love and unimaginable sacrifice.
May you never again doubt God’s love for people. Happy Easter!