Read John 3: 1-21
" For God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." John 3: 16-17 (TLB)
Dave Trouten comes from New Brunswick in Canada. Recently his son required corrective surgery for which the surgeon had to break his jaw in seven places. We knew the surgery was needed, but that only slightly reduced the stress. In a quiet corner of the surgical floor, we prayed. "Are you cared, Son?" Dave asked him. "I am too," he said. Dave hugged him and prayed aloud as they turned it over to God - and to the hands of the doctors. Dave felt helpless and wished he could have prevented the drastic and painful procedure, but he knew that something beneficial would result from this suffering.
Dave couldn't help but think what it must have been like for God to watch as people purposely harmed Jesus. Certainly, God knew that the separation and suffering that Jesus endured was for the greater good. But it was not without a heavy cost.
When we look at the Crucifixion, we recognize Christ's torture and death; but how often do we sense the great chasm of separation between the Son and the Father because of our sin? Seeing just that small glimpse into the Father's experience on the day of his son's surgery helped Dave to feel even more strongly the love God has for him; and for us too.
Prayer: Dear God, help us never to forget the sacrifice that You and Jesus made for our salvation, in Jesus' precious name, amen.