Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Love of the Father

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. John 15:9

The Lord Jesus moves from the picture of the vine and branches to the personal relationship that this illustration speaks of. We read of this wonderful love that we are love with! It is one thing to appreciate the Lord Jesus as the resource and supplier of all that God has for us, but it is another thing to enjoy the love of the Blesser and not simply love His blessings! 

How has the Father loved the Son? We read on seven different occasions, in this gospel, of the Father loving the Son. In John 3:35 we read of Him as the spring and source of every blessing found in Christ, “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.” In John 5:20 we are told, “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” The Father holds nothing back from the Son. Then in John 10:17 the Lord declared, “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.” The moral beauty that was displayed in our Lord drew forth the Father’s love in a special way. 

The last three are found is John 17:23, 24 and 26, and emphasize this wonderful love that we have been brought into. “…You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world… And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” 

Pause and praise His name and abide in that love!

Tim Hadley Sr.

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