I was pondering Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac…We see in Abraham a dad who had waited a very long time for his son, until it was only by a miracle could he even have one. And then…
Abraham demonstrates supernatural faith in his supernatural God, when he takes his precious one-of-a-kind son, and so trusts in God that he would have sacrificed Isaac were it not for the substitute sacrifice that God had shown him. In pondering what happened to Abraham and Sarah we get a glimpse of a far greater love than we humans could ever think or imagine.
As much as Abraham adored his long-awaited son and yet was willing to sacrifice him to God, the only begotten Son of the Father had been eternally loved in His Father’s everlasting arms. Yet God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…
How can it be that God would love us THAT much? This is a love from another realm! This is a love that God dwells in! This is a love that would have remained forever shrouded from us except for Jesus having given Himself as our substitute sacrifice – for there was no other way to save us from the holy, just wrath of God against our wretched sins and their deadly eternal penalty.
How unspeakably precious was the Son to the Father! With awe, we hear the Father say, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!” As we gaze in wonder at Jesus suffering on the Cross for our sins, WE enter into that eternal love – for while we were yet hateful sinners Christ died for us! Abraham demonstrated his love for God through his willingness to sacrifice his son, and yet through Christ’s sacrifice God has demonstrated a far greater love! (Romans 5:8)
We are shocked that God would ask Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son; we are shocked that Abraham would love God that much. We are shocked that God would love us so much that He would sacrifice His eternal Son to save us; we are shocked that Jesus would love the Father so much that He would give His life on a wooden cross. This account helps us comprehend, and by faith even ENTER INTO the shocking incomprehensible eternal love of God, our Maker – our Father!