A FATHER’S SACRIFICE

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.[John 3:16 (NLT)]

Although God couldn’t and wouldn’t allow Abraham to sacrifice his son, another father did make such a sacrifice: God himself. He sacrificed his only son! It’s doubtful that Abraham told Sarah of the planned sacrifice; God didn’t tell Mary that her son would be sacrificed either. Isaac carried the wood for the fire that would burn him and Jesus carried the wooden cross, the instrument of his death. There is no mention of Isaac fighting Abraham as his father bound the boy’s hands and placed him on the sacrificial altar; he was an obedient son. Jesus, too, was an obedient son, as he walked the road to Golgotha and allowed the nails to be driven into his hands. Isaac asked the whereabouts of the sacrificial lamb and Abraham responded that God would provide. Jesus knew that God had provided and that he was the sacrificial lamb.

God couldn’t allow Abraham to sacrifice his son, but He so loved us that he sacrificed his son for our salvation. Thank you, God; thank you.

God sent his son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. [John 3:7 (NLT)]