March 10 Esight, 2010

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand—John 3:35.”In the light of the Saviour’s life, the hearts of all, even from the Creator to the prince of darkness, are revealed. Satan has represented God as selfish and oppressive, as claiming all, and giving nothing, as requiring the service of His creatures for His own glory, and making no sacrifice for their good. But the gift of Christ reveals the Father’s heart . . . It declares that while God’s hatred of sin is as strong as death, His love for the sinner is stronger than death. Having undertaken our redemption, He will spare nothing, however dear, which is necessary to the completion of His work. No truth essential to our salvation is withheld, no miracle of mercy is neglected, no divine agency is left unemployed. Favor is heaped upon favor, gift upon gift. The whole treasury of heaven is open to those He seeks to save. Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, “All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven” (White, The Desire of Ages, p. 57).

It’s been over a decade since I first read the above statement, but it still moves my heart every time. Especially that last part:

“Having collected the riches of the universe, and laid open the resources of infinite power, He gives them all into the hands of Christ, and says, “All these are for man. Use these gifts to convince him that there is no love greater than Mine in earth or heaven.”

Could it really be this simple? The primary point of the incarnation (and theologians tend to make it way more complicated) was that it was simply one giant gift for the purpose of proving to us that what was really in the heart of the Ruler of the Universe toward us was one thing and one thing only—the greatest Love ever to be in existence.

In my mind’s eye, I begin to see the Father behind the scenes of every event of Jesus’ life, enabling, devising, orchestrating—moment by moment—situations for just this purpose: to show us His love. Every act of mercy, touch of healing, or word of kindness, everything Jesus gave, had first been given to Him by the Father for us. So much so that at the end of Jesus’ life He could say with confidence, “I have made you known on the earth; I have finished the work that you have given me to do” (John 17:4).

It is said that if you really want to get to know someone, look at how they act when they think no one is watching. Actions truly reveal what is in a person’s heart toward you as nothing else can. I want to encourage you this week to take some time to go back over some of your favorite events in Jesus’ life and, instead of this time thinking of what they reveal about Jesus, let your heart wander beyond all of that to see what type of person the Father must be as well.

I wish you God’s best this week.