How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
Why should I gain from His great loss?
I can not give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
God loves us so well and so abundantly. And He reveals it in the most breathtaking ways.
If you could know the future, would you want to?
If you could choose to know what the greatest hardship in your life would be, would you want to know now?
If you knew how and when the person you love most was going to die, would you do anything differently?
If you could somehow control whether or not they had to die, but the stakes were very high, what would you choose?
I was in tears this weekend as I considered these mind boggling concepts. How would I handle it as a parent watching my child struggle through a fatal illness? Knowing the doctor’s verdict carried little hope. I don’t know that I could do it, I’m almost sure that I couldn’t.
But God did.
God did that — and He did it for me. Because He loves me that much!!
That hit me hard this weekend. God sent His Son. His one and only Son. His Son that He loves perfectly. He sent Him to die, to be torchered and mocked and beaten and crucified. How?!? It would have been so much easier, in my opinion, to take it Himself. How could He bear to watch that?!?
Because He loves me.
I’m not in the least deserving of that love. And yet my LORD offers it freely to me and at the highest of costs to Him.
In the last moments of Jesus’ suffering on earth, the Father had to turn away. He couldn’t even watch His Son suffer and die because He couldn’t in His holiness look at the sin Jesus was taking on His shoulders.
That’s how deeply the Father loves us.
If I could choose to see the future, I would have to choose not to. I couldn’t handle it. But that is a post for another day. Today, the main point I wanted to make is simply that God did. He loves me more than I could ever comprehend. Through all my rebellion and failures. He loves me so much He sent His Son to die.
I never want to lose the gravity of that.