Jul 11, 2013
Because God is sovereign over everything, and because everything is under His control, we can think God is separated from pain and aloof from suffering.
But the Bible teaches that to save us God chose to endure intense pain and suffering.
God the Father endured the pain of delivering up His own Son to the Cross (Rom 8:32), and crushing His own Son for our sin (Isaiah 53:4-5).
And God the Son endured such pain on the Cross that as He anticipated it He was “greatly distressed and troubled” (Mark 14:33) and “very sorrowful, even to death” (Mark 14:34).
God is not separated from pain or aloof from suffering. God chose intense pain and horrifying suffering.
Because Of Love
But why? Why would God choose to suffer for us?
God the Father chose to endure pain because He loves us –
But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinner, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)
And Jesus the Son chose to suffer because He loves us –
… the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Gal 2:20)
John Piper has defined God’s love something like this –
God’s love is His willingness to do whatever is necessary — even suffering unimaginable pain — to bring us undeserving rebels the all-satisfying and everlasting joy of knowing Him.
Think of it. God has existed from eternity past. He created everything. He is sovereign over everything. He is perfect goodness and beauty and love and joy.
And this infinitely glorious God chose to save us by suffering intense pain, because He loves us.
“How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”
Let this worship song fill you with awe as you consider the depth of God’s love for us. (The complete lyrics are posted below.)
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And here are the lyrics by Stuart Townend –
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom