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!
You have a true understanding of the revelation of his word. A beautiful real story about our God saving his people. Before the foundations of the earth we were chosen, just like the lamb was slain. People don’t understand it was already finished before it was even started. We are written epistles….Written already. We are living out the script. Thank you Jesus for saving me. Thank you Father for you awesome plan. Thank you Bishop for the wonderful teaching
Bishop this is amazing! I am very thankful to God for giving us such a wonderful leader! Watsop Eustache-Bethel City of change Cameroon Yaounde
I am not ashamed of celebrating the Father’s role as the High Priest who sacrificed the Lamb of God on behalf of sinners. A truth you are unwilling to acknowledge!
Since you have choices, you can choose not to read my blogs.
But I will keep doing my best to reveal as clearly as I can the love of God for sinners.
God bless you.
See Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:10 NKJV)
First, let’s talk about the motivation of the (wicked) soldiers who killed Jesus.
You are claiming that they were directed by God. That the Father sent them, that The Father had them strip them etc… I challenge you to back this with the Bible.
From what we know, those were wicked men which had evil plans. We know also that SATAN ENTERED JUDAS. why doesn’t the Bible say that the Father entered Judas but instead names SATAN? Nowhere does the Bible say that they acted under the direction of The Father. Nowhere does the Bible say that God sent wicked men to do anything to the Lord.
You are right concerning the activities of Satan, Judas, and wicked men. But you are wrong if you think any of those persons could have killed the Son of God if God had not ordained it before the foundation of the world for the purpose of redemption.
Jesus is the Lamb of God that was slain before the foundation of the world.
Is. 53 says it pleased The Lord to bruise Him. God made Him sin for us who knew no sin. Satan could not do this and would not even if He could.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NKJV)
What the Father did was pre-figured in His asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God stopped Abraham and provided a lamb for the sacrifice. But Abraham was a type of the Father and Isaac a type of Jesus. The difference is that God spared Isaac but did not spare Jesus.
This is the love of God for us that passeth understanding.
This is amazing grace.
Also, about the Father himself
it’s clear that it was the Father’s plan that Jesus would come and die here.
“The Father put him to grief”. This verse is in accordance to Acts 2:23 “This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge”.
But claiming that The Father himself bound Jesus, fastened him, nailed him is completely FALSE. The wicked men did it.
Did the wicked men’s actions fulfilled God’s plan? Yes. Actually, Jesus prayed for the Father’s Will. So, it was The Father’s will that He would die.
Did God Himself perform the physical killing as you are implying? NO.
Gill’s commentary to Isaiah 53:10 is as follows: ” when buffeted and scourged, and nailed to the cross; and was bruised and broken in spirit, when the sins of his people were laid on him, and the wrath of God came upon him for them”. … “he hath put him to grief; when he awoke the sword of justice against him; when he spared him not, but delivered him up into the hands of wicked men, and unto death”
Yes, the Father would punish anyone on whom there is sin. So, as Jesus was bearing our sins, God’s wrath came on Him and in that sense, the Father crushed him.
But to claim that the Father nailed Jesus, to quote Isaiah 53:10 to claim He was involved in the men’s evil actions, that he directed them in every detail is FALSE.
Barnes also said: “To bruise him – (See the notes at Isaiah 53:5). The word here is the infinitive of Piel. ‘To bruise him, or his being bruised, was pleasing to Yahweh;’ that is, it was acceptable to him that he should be crushed by his many sorrows. It does not of necessity imply that there was any positive and direct agency on the part of Yahweh in bruising him, but only that the fact of his being thus crushed and bruised was acceptable to him.”
I am not sure what you are defending at this point. The Father’s reputation? His reputation is that He is Love and He did the unthinkable for us. No one else could or would!
Did God require Abraham to bind Isaac? Was Abraham a type of the Father or of Satan? Was Isaac a type of Jesus or not? Was Jesus slain before the foundation of the world or not? If so, by whom?
The bottom line is that willed it for wicked men and Satan to do what they did. If He willed it, He did it vicariously through them, but for reasons different than theirs. He was motivated by love for us. They were motivated by hatred for Him.
If you admit He poured out His wrath upon His Son, what are you defending and what should I be ashamed of? For believing that God loved us this much and hates sin that much that He went that far as sacrificing His Son to satisfy both His love and His holiness?
My point is that I disagree with this:
“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.”
NO, THE FATHER DIDN’T MEAN THE WICKED MEN’S ACTIONS.
1- The Father didn’t send them to arrest Jesus. They went on their own.
Satan Inspired Judas and led them to arrest Jesus. The Father didn’t lead them to where the Lord was.
2 – He Didn’t work “with the help” of the wicked men as you say here. Instead, Acts 2:23 show that the JEWS did: “and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.”
2 – The Father didn’t nail The Son’s hands. The Jews did it (Acts 2:23).
WHY DON’T YOU ALSO SAY THAT THE FATHER MOCKED THE SON? THE SOLDIERS MOCKED HIM, RIGHT?
WHY DON’T YOU SAY THAT THE FATHER ENTERED JUDAS THROUGH SATAN? AFTER ALL, HE WILLED FOR JUDAS TO BETRAY JESUS, RIGHT? SO, HE MUST HAVE BEEN WITH SATAN TO ENTER JUDAS.
Your description of the events is false and misleading (“How? Slowly …”). It is FALSE to say “God did it through them”. The Wicked men acted on their own. They thought about it, they planned it, they made it happen. Satan inspired Judas in the process too.
There are 2 seperate events:
– on one side, The Father wants the Son to take our sins and give His life
– on the other, wicked men want to kill The Son.
The 2 converge INDEPENDENTLY at the cross. At The cross, God’s plan was fulfilled, but He didn’t mean for the wicked men to act that way. They did independently.
You should be ashamed on making up “cool” stuff out of verses such as Isaiah 53:10 t to come out with attractive titles such as “the Father killed Him Son”.
Nowhere the Bible the Father killed His Son. It doesn’t even imply it..
At one level you are absolutely right. At another, you are mistaken.
See Is. 53
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:10 NKJV)
It pleased The Lord to bruise Him. Surely, the reference to The Lord is not to Satan. God the Father and God the Son were equal partners in our redemption. They worked together and did the hardest thing anybody can do for another. They did it became they loved us. They did it because there was no other way. Certainly Satan and wicked men were involved, but God did not stop it because He ordained it to be so. The Father provided the Son into the
Free moral agents were involved, by God’s sovereign plan, and these include using Satan, and using Judas, Pilate, and Roman soldiers who nailed Jesus to the cross, in the case of Jesus. All had their own purposes for what they did – and, other than God, their purposes were all cruel, hateful, and sinful. As Peter said, “You killed [NOT GOD KILLED, BUT YOU!] the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead.”
God wanted to elevate Joseph over his brothers, but He didn’t sell Joseph to the Egyptians. His brothers did it. He knew it would happen that way, he let it happen, but it would be FALSE to say “God sold Joseph”.
Let’s see. It’s okay to say God “used” Satan, Judas, Pilate, and the Roman soldiers to bind, strip naked, whip, and mercilessly kill His Son. But it’s a shameful thing to say God did these things to His Son because He loved us and the Son was willing to go through this on our behalf? Hmm. So if an earthly father plans to have His Son killed and “uses” a group of hooligans to bind, strip, whip and mercilessly kill his only Son, he can claim in a court of law that he did not do those things? The hooligans did them and it is a shame that anybody would dare say he would do such things? Hmn. What kind of defense is that? Whether he physically did theses things or not makes no difference. He did these things to his son using these hooligans. And I would be morally wrong to say he tied up his son, whipped him, etc.? Now, if a judge were to ask me to describe in exact details how he did this, I would say he “used” these hooligans to accomplish His purpose. But He in fact did them to his son. He would probably receive a harsher sentence for planning such a thing and using such evil people to do such a thing.
In fact, Jesus seemed to exonerate the devil, Judas, Pilate and the soldiers when he said to his disciples about his life, “No one takes 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 command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:18 NKJV)
According to him, the wicked men we say took His life did not take it. Hmm.
If you are arguing that the physical act of killing Jesus was performed by men, the answer is, of course. No one denies that. But if you are arguing that it is inaccurate and shameful to say the Father did these things, as well, since He planned it and sovereignly presided over everything done to His Son, I do not see your point. If I planned to have someone shot and killed, and used someone to do it, you would be accurate to say I shot and killed that person.
You would also be right to say, I did not actually pull the trigger, but in the end, practically speaking, how does that make me any less guilty of murder?
Stephane, I am ok with you not being comfortable with using the same language I used. That was the first time I described the crucifixion of Jesus in those terms myself. It’s hard to use those words in regards to our Heavenly Father. It was much easier to say He poured out His wrath. That is a general statement, but when one begins to think in concrete terms about what the wrath of God looks like, it is not a pretty picture. It is a real stumbling block, unless one understands the motive behind the Father’s action.
If you are not willing to describe the Father’s wrath in graphic details, I understand. But please do not tell me that I should be ashamed for doing so. I found myself becoming more enamored of God and beholden to Him as I realized He did not only provide the Lamb for the sacrifice, He had to perform the unthinkable task of being the High Priest that made the sacrifice. Satan, Pilate, the Roman soldiers–they did their part and played their role. The Father was not the one who murdered Jesus. But He was the Priest who sacrificed Jesus! For a graphic picture of what His role involved, you’ve got to take a look of the role of the High Priest in the Old Testsment, when he placed the sacrifice on the altar. These were types and shadows that pointed to an even greater reality. The High Priest personally killing the sacrificial Lamb was not a pretty picture, but a necessary one, because it revealed the plan of redemption and the roles of both the Father and Son. Unless the High Priest was willing to personally shed the blood of the innocent lamb, there could be no remission of sin.
I can’t imagine this kind of Love. Even when my kids make me so angry; I can’t trade them. Bishop the way you delivered this teaching made me realize truly there is no Greater Love than what God gave us. Thank you!
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Thank you bishop for this marcellus teaching. Happy D’Aster to you ans tout Momy ans thé entière church
WOW, GOD IS AWESOME! It is a good feeling to know that God loved me way before my parents did. What manner of love is this? I am going through some stuff now and it is refreshing to know there is a God who sent his only son to die for me. This gives me hope. May God bless you for bringing the gosple to light in such a simple way for someone like me to understand.
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Sold, killed by His father, His death has brought me total redemption. Wow! what a lovely and powerful kill that has won victory over it all. Great news! Thank you Bishop.
I stumbled across this blog today doing a yahoo search, and I have been truly blessed by it. I was contemplating this topic today while dealing with internal issues because of past sins. This is truly the ultimate sacrifice. What a tremendous love the Father has for us. To lose a child is painful, to willing give a child is something else. Thank you for this blog perfect timing!!!
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Wow Bishop, I have been thinking about this for years, who would do this to his only child? Such love will never be understood by the layman. I thank God for your teaching and great knowledge. For God so loves me and will forever will.
As a parent, this is a horrible image to contemplate; yet, that’s what makes God’s love for me and Jesus’ sacrifice so valuable. It tells me how serious the sin issue was and what a serious response it demanded. Thanks Bishop for reminding me of God’s awesome love for me.