1 John 4:14...
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. (WEB)
In today's Bible verse, the Apostle John reiterates a beloved verse that has been quoted millions of times around the world that is found in John 3:16... For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (WEB)
For John, who was Jesus' closest friend, there was no mistaking who sent Jesus into the world. It was His Father. God Himself initiated our plan of salvation and it was Jesus who gladly yielded to His Father's will.
It is amazing how many people still see God as distant and angry. For whatever their reason, they cannot see that it was the Father Himself who sent His Son into the world because of His great love for humanity. It was the Father who asked His beloved boy to exchange His life for our lives. It was the Father who suffered like no other father has ever suffered when He watched as Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the entire world.
When we see the high price that our Father paid for our redemption, we have no other choice but to respond to His love. That is what the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:32 when he writes... He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? (WEB).
My prayer today is that we would all see the price that our Heavenly Father paid when He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. He did not do this in order to judge us, but to save us. I am so thankful that Jesus gladly obeyed the will of His Father so that we could be reconciled back to God. May the Holy Spirit give us more revelation on the eternal love that motivated Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.
God is not angry with us. He loves us with an everlasting love. The eternal plan for our salvation originated in His heart and was implemented by our glorious Brother, King, and Savior... our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (WEB)