Thursday, September 27, 2007

Trinity Discussion with My Kids

Some mornings we play Bible Roulette. You know the game, close your eyes and open the Bible randomly. Stick your finger on a page and, Pow! that's your verse for the day. This morning Emma found 2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
This verse got me thinking about the trinity and the separation the Father and the Son experienced for the first time, since all of eternity, while Jesus was on the cross, taking on our sin.

I asked the kids to think about if I asked them to leave the house, not anticipating their return. They have only been a part of my life (and mine with their's) for a mere 13 and 11 years. Both said they would be devastated, in tears, if they had to leave. Now multiply that a billion times over and compare that to the Father and the Son being separated as Jesus took on our sin.

I've heard the argument many times:
What kind of god would make his son sacrifice himself like that!? That only shows how cruel God really is?
Is that a valid argument when Jesus said in the garden, Not my will but your will be done?

Jesus knew what was coming. He knew the taking on of sin would mean the parting of his relationship with his father, the first time ever. He also knew why. He knew this would bring man and woman back into right relationship with their Creator. He knew what the father wanted. He knew what he wanted, that right-relationship was worthy of his sacrifice. He so wanted that relationship. He so loved you and me that he willingly sacrificed. It wasn't the wanton, willy-nilly cravings of a selfish god. It was the selfless love of the God, craving relationship with his most cherished creation. Wow! Slap me silly but the truth of this all hit me this morning with a new reality and understanding. That is some intense love. Ponder this fact and stand, no, bow in amazement to your Creator who did all this for a right relationship with you.

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