The Measure of the Father’s Love

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

How do you measure love? 

Some measure love based on how they feel, some on what they see, and still others on what they receive. We may attempt to  measured God’s love by looking at what He gave.

In Matthew 17 Jesus took some of His disciples to the Mountain of Transfiguration. There they saw Him in all His glory (John 1:4) and His majesty (2 Peter 1:16) while He spoke with Moses and Elijah.

When they saw this,  the disciples were afraid and did not know what to say. (Mark 9:6). Peter however blurted out that he could build three tabernacles, one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah.

If the disciples were frightened before, they were terrified when a bright cloud surrounded them, and God the Father interrupted Peter’s deluge of words by saying, “This is My Son, My Beloved, with Whom I am [and have always been] delighted. Listen to Him!” Matt 17:5b AMPC

The Father told the disciples how He felt about His Son Jesus. He was His beloved Son.  His very soul delighted in His Servant – Isaiah 42:1. 

The Greek word used for beloved, according to the NET Bible, refers “to one who is the only one of his or her class, but at the same time is particularly loved and cherished”. The Strong’s Concordance interprets it (beloved) as “favorite and worthy of love”.  Jesus Himself have testified of this great love, which the Father has for Him the Son.  See John 5:20.  God loves Jesus, the perfect Son.

As we ponder on the Father’s love for His Son, we cannot help thinking of His love for us.  For although Jesus was important to Him, the Father willingly offered His”one of a kind” beloved Son as the perfect sacrifice for us.  

If we can understand this, then John 3:16 takes on new meaning: “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.” 

Amazing. God’s love for Jesus did not stop Him from offering His only Child as an atonement for our sins.  This sacrificial act, described in detail in Isaiah 53, separated Jesus from His Father.  However, praise the Lord, this separation was temporary, for the same scripture tells of Christ’s victory and by extention our victory over sin, death and the grave.

There are persons who have never felt cherished. Many have felt rejection from persons who said they loved them. Some believe that if they died no one would notice.  There are people who try really hard to earn approval and love from others because they want to be important to someone. 

With God, you do not have to earn His love. It is freely given.   You simply have to receive it.

Christ will never reject you. You can look yourself in the mirror and say; “I am loved and accepted by God”.  “I am valuable to Him”.  Remember, He did not seek our approval when the decision was made that Jesus would die for you.  He did it out of love. He knew some would never accept His sacrificial gift, but He did it any.

But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God”.

Have you accepted His gift of love?

Prayer: Thank You Father for Your love so true and refreshing.  Thank You for the sacrifice on the cross.  Help us never to take the love of the Father for granted.

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