Love (Lent #3)

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Charles Wesley

“For God so loved the world, that he sent his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

In the beginning, Christ was “in the bosom of the Father.” (John 1:18) “His goings forth are from of old.” (Micah 5:2) He had glory with the Father before the world existed. (John 17:5) He was loved by the Father before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24) He was known and loved before his work of redemption had ever begun. (1 Pet. 1:20)

There are very few topics in Scripture upon which we see the Trinity in discussion. They hold conference about the Creation of mankind: “let us make man.” (Gen.) They decide together about Babel: “let us go down and confuse their language.” (Gen. 10) And they discuss the redemption that Jesus would bring. The writer of Hebrews quotes a prophetic passage in Psalm 40 as what Jesus said to the Father “when he cometh into the world” (Hebrews 10:5, KJV): “Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:7, KJV)

If we ask what could induce Jesus to leave the bosom of the Father, in relation to the Father it was loving obedience. “Behold, I come … to do Thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7).

But in relation to us, it was a motive of pure love. Jesus entered into all the trials of human life, willingly, not coming from the void, but coming from a glorious throne.

Love sent Jesus to earth; love sent him to the desert—

“Love bound Him to the pillar, love led Him to the cross, love raised Him from the dead and made Him ascend into heaven, and thus accomplished all the mysteries of our redemption.”

It was for our sakes that he suffered cruel temptation face to face with the Accuser of men. And it was for love of us that he triumphed, alone in the wilderness.

“Take the example of Christ, who, moved by the deepest charity, came to us as a little child, in all things like the sons of men, and submitted to hunger and thirst, to heat and cold and discomfort.”

From the heart of the throne, he chose to live among us, so that we too might find victory over temptation and live in holiness.

Father, thank you for loving me so much that you deemed no price too high. Thank you for sending your Son to die in my place and to conquer death and sin.

Amen.

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