Have you ever considered the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, God the Father?
If you’re anything like me there may be times when you cower at the thought of the Ancient of Days -- that eternal power and essence of Highest Heaven. The King of the Universe, as that ancient Hebrew prayer, addresses Him. We think of Moses’ encounter at Sinai with its terrible lightings and thunder and threats of death to anyone who approached. We cherish Jesus as our mediator and High Priest who intercedes on our behalf with this great, Holy and unapproachable God.
Yet consider that Jesus was sent by the Father to be the Savior of men. The Father sent him!
While there are distinctions between the persons of the Trinity, there are no distinctions of love. Often we ascribe the act of our salvation more to Jesus than to the Father. This couldn’t be more mistaken.
The Father was present with the Son, and the Holy Ghost at Bethlehem, at Gethsemane, and on Calvary. They were all equally engaged in the work of our salvation. As you were united with Christ you were equally united with the God of heaven. When you hold close fellowship with the Man Christ Jesus, your brother, you are also embraced by the Spirit and the Father as well. You are linked with God the Eternal, and “the Ancient of days” is your Father and your friend.
Consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy.
Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and … the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
In earthly terms, the Trinity is a great mystery to us. But it is not a mystery to our souls. That secret part of us that was breathed by God understands the Trinity innately. When our spirit is awakened in salvation we are immediately aware of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives and quickly learn the Savior’s love for us. We even know, deep down, that the Father looks on us with joy.
“Consider the antiquity of His covenant with thee. Remember that before the day-star knew its place or planets ran their round, thy interests were made secure in the atoning work of Christ. It is a covenant which neither time nor eternity, life nor death, shall ever be able to violate. A covenant as old as eternity and as everlasting as the Rock of Ages.(1)"
When we are welcomed on Heaven's shore it will be with the words: "enter into the joy of thy Lord." That's the Lord of Heaven - our Father.
(1) Spurgeon, Morning & Evening, August 26th
Inspired by "The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world," Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Feb. 5th