Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Father To Trust Unto Death

Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
John 12:27

In this moment here, it isn't so much the Father we can learn about but the Son. The Son is submitted to the Father and believes that the very reason he's come to this hour is to do exactly what he sees coming like a freight train down the tracks, Jesus hears the rumble on the tracks.

He wants to do his Father's will.

He trusts his God and Father enough that he will go to the cross out of obedience and a desire to see his Father glorified.

By observing the faithful obedience of the Son, we can see just how deserving of trust the Father is. Even when his will is painful and hard Jesus knows he can trust him. Jesus knows that he is a good Father. Everything else I've seen about the Father is still true of him in this moment. Jesus knows this, and so trusts him even as he heads toward the cross.

But I see also the Father's delight in the Son. Heaven isn't silent when Jesus prays. 'I will glorify it.' Comes the Father's reply in John 11.

It is the Father's seal of approval on the Son. 'What you're doing and saying, is on course.'

Jesus says that this voice wasn't for his sake but for the people's but what it tells us about the Father is that he can't and won't stay silent around his Son. The Father is not only trust worthy, he is forthcoming with his praise. He loves outwardly.

C.S. Lewis said this: Praise is inward health made audible.

The Father is an outward focused Father who praises his Son often. This praise is more than an expression of his delight in his Son it is the outward display of his inner health and goodness.

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