We know that God has revealed Himself as the Triune God, three co-eternal Persons who love and defer to each other. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are each fully God and there is one God, a mystery too wonderful to understand.
But why has God revealed Himself to us in Scriptures (via the ministry of Jesus) as Father and Son? Why this relationship?
Why are the first and the second Persons of the Trinity (no hierarchy implied) represented in such terms? Why not the brother-brother relationship, or another form of close human relationship that we can grasp?
This revelation is presented as such in order for believers to begin to understand the magnitude of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Son.
Even as we meditate on this we will never be able to fully grasp the eternal mystery and the gravity of what God did to redeem us.
A small step in understanding this infinitely costly redemption begins with examining the love between the Father and the Son.
The Father loves the Son so much that He has deferred to the Son sovereign lordship over the entire visible universe, as well as the heavenly unseen domain:
“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.” (John 3:35).
“…seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet…” (Ephesians 1:20-22)
We love our children and give them the very best we are able to give them. But this pales in comparison with the fact that the Father gave ALL THINGS to the Son, so much He loves the Son.
The Father loves the Son because Jesus is a perfect reflection of God’s glory:
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” (Hebrews 1:3).
The Son is God in substance, nature, character and every other parameter that can be humanly expressed.
The Father loves the Son because the Son delights in His Father. Jesus lived a perfect sinless life in supreme obedience to the Father who testifies for the seen and unseen domains to hear:
“And behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:17)
As we begin to see evidence of the GREAT love between Father and Son another element is introduced by Jesus Himself, that is His love for us:
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you… These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:9,11)
Wow… Could this be possible?
After listing the amazing Scripture above can we say that the Son really loves us the way the Father loves Him?
The grandeur of the precious sacrifice of Christ now begins to take shape.
Can you even begin to image the wrath of the Father being poured on His beloved Son instead of us? Can you imagine a similar scenario between you and your own child? Can you even begin to imagine what the Father felt (if can use this word) as His beloved was tortured and murdered?
Knowing how much we love our children we now begin to understand why God is revealing Himself as Father and Son in addition to the Holy Spirit.
He does this to help us understand the magnitude of the sacrifice of Christ and eternal impact on believers… to understand how costly His sacrifice was… to understand how much He loves us… to make us turn to Him and love Him… to make Him the center of our universe.
Being a mother, I cannot even begin to imagine sacrificing my child for others. His amazing sacrifice is something we need to be reminded of once in a while so we don’t take it for granted. Thanks for the reminder!
Yes Shelly, and to know that it was the will of the LORD to crush Him to buy our ransom is even more amazing!