I love a good mystery. My favorite mystery writer is Mary Higgins Clark, and I’ve managed to collect all but a few of her entire works. But the greatest mystery ever told is why God chose to redeem mankind through Christ’s death on the cross. This week we’ll explore the mystery of the cross – foolishness to the unsaved but the power of God to those who claim Him as Lord and Savior (I Cor. 1:18).
What the Cross Tells Us about Their Relationship
He entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
1 Peter 2:23
Some people don’t care for the book, The Shack. Personally, I find the author’s depiction of the relationship between God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit amazing. The godhead practically fall all over each other praising each other. It’s like an “un-vicious” cycle.
And how true to Scripture. God said of Jesus, “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him” (2 Pet. 1:17, HCSB). Jesus said of His Father, “By myself I can do nothing; for I seek not to please myself, but him who sent me” (Jn. 5:30). And the work of the Holy Spirit is to draw all of us to Christ (Jn. 14:26)!
So how did this mutual admiration society wind up with one of its members on a cruel cross?
When I was a preschooler, I loved to climb to a high place and jump into the arms of my father. He successfully caught me so many times that I would have willingly jumped to him from the roof of our house if only I could have gotten up there. But one fateful day, he missed. Mom called to him from another room, and he got distracted. I landed flat belly and still have a scar under my chin to prove it.
God is the only trustworthy Father. We know this because Jesus trusted Him with His life! You see, Jesus knew the plan. He knew that God would raise Him from the dead and that at the end of time, Jesus would receive all authority in heaven and in earth. (See Eph. 1:20-22 and Phil. 2:10-11.)
It’s one thing to know that in theory but quite another to act on it in reality. In the garden, Jesus prayed for another alternative, some other way for God to achieve His victory over sin, death, and hell. But when the time came, Jesus trusted.
What is your trust quotient with Father God? What are you holding back or holding on to? Jump into His arms today. He’ll catch you.
Trusting God, who never fails,