Jesus Came to Please His Father

Among the list of the reasons of what Jesus came for is one that we don’t often think of – pleasing His Father.  You ever thought about that?  Jesus was a follower of Yahweh, the true God.  He was God’s Son, and it was His aim to please His Father.  This reveals much about the character and nature of God.

It reveals that Jesus was not a robotic Savior, He desired things, yearned for things.  One of these desires, one of His supreme desires,  was to obey and please His Father.  “It was the will of the Lord to crush Him, He has put Him to grief.”  (Isaiah 53:10) His Fathers will for His Son was to send Him to the cross.  This desire, was a hard desire, but one Jesus obeyed.  This means Jesus loved and trusted the Father enough to follow His call into suffering.  This was not simple, it was horrendous for the Father, yet beautiful at the same time.  Horrendous because the Father did what was seemingly impossible by pouring His wrath against sin out on His own Son.  Beautiful because from this sacrifice of greatest cost sinners have their penalty paid for.

Another side of this made clear is that the cross was the Father’s idea.  God the Father created the idea of His Son dying for His people.  Too many people view the cross wrongly; as an act of divine child abuse, or “loving Jesus” convincing an “angry Father” to send Him to save mankind.  Both of these are harmful to man and dishonoring to God.  It was God’s idea, which Christ willfully submitted to.

“Christ loved us, and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  (Ephesians 5:2)

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