I love the question Rusty asked: How do you think God the father felt in sacrificing His son for us?
Sacrifice doesn’t come naturally to me. Since I could remember, I want my way. Being married has helped me to be more aware of my selfishness and actually sacrifice. Something that Jenny and I really haven’t done is compromise. I believe that in the end compromise is both of us getting our way. I’ve learned that sacrifice shows love better than compromise.
Since becoming a dad, I think about God sacrificing His one and only son…often. We read from the Scriptures that this was the only way we could be saved from the punishment of our sin. God loved us that much that He was willing to sacrifice Jesus to adopt me into His family. Unbelievable.
Although I know why He did it, I could never see myself doing it. Here’s why. God loved me while I was His enemy (Romans 5:8). I think about enemies and there’s no way that I would give up my one and only child if there were a way to save them. Good moral people…maybe. Evil sociopaths, child molesters, terrorists, murderers, and ISIS…are you kidding me? This shows just how much I need to be saved.
As I continue to think about God sacrificing Jesus, I think about this quote from Augustine, who was a theologian and pastor about 350 years after Jesus’ resurrection:
“As they were looking on, so we too gaze on his wounds as he hangs. We see his blood as he dies. We see the price offered by the redeemer; touch the scars of his resurrection. He bows his head, as if to kiss you. His heart is made bare open, as it were, in love to you. His arms are extended that he may embrace you. His whole body is displayed for your redemption. Ponder how great these things are. Let all this be rightly weighted in your mind: as he was once fixed to the cross in every part of his body for you, so he may now be fixed in every part of your soul.”
I’m so thankful we serve a God who doesn’t compromise. I’m so thankful that God saved me and continues to work on me to be more like Him.
New Hope Church