I was recently reading in I and II Kings in my Chronological Bible, and I found myself feeling miserable as king after king “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” It just seemed so sad as each successor failed to lead the people back to God, and I wondered how God remained so patient with His people. And then a New Testament-everybody-knows-scripture flashed through my mind. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Usually this scripture causes me to think about how difficult it must have been for Father to send His precious son, Jesus into this sin-laden earth, knowing what He would face here. And that He reeeeally must love us to have done so. But this time, I saw something more. I realized those unfaithful kings who led God’s people to do evil, caused great heartache and pain to their Father. One generation after another chose false gods instead of the Father who loved them . . . and it grieved His loving parental heart.
I get that!
When my kids make bad choices or simply face struggles I can’t fix, my parental heart hurts in unexplainable ways. I lose sleep, I don’t focus well, I pray a lot and always, always, always, I find myself wishing it was me instead of them. In thinking about this I realized … that’s exactly what Father was doing by dispatching Jesus.
By sending Jesus to die on the Cross, He would actually do what I could only wish to do regarding the pain and suffering of my children. He would take it for them, so they could be free of it. Finally, Father would be able to help each person in their sin and weakness! And He’s still doing it today — helping each one of us in our sin and weakness!
Well, I certainly view John 3:16 from a brand new angle . . . the angle of a Father who loves us so much He took action to alleviate our pain! But wait . . . I think I hear something behind the scripture I never heard before.
Listen. Do you hear it? It’s the sound of a father’s soothed heart regarding his children’s pain!
I hear a grateful sigh!