A parent has a unique perspective on the love of God that those who do not have children perhaps have a greater difficulty understanding. At least for me, I did not grasp the depths of God’s love until I had children. But when tragedy strikes your children, the pain experienced is greater than any amount of suffering that I could personally endure or have ever endured in my life. Parents would do anything to keep their children from enduring suffering and experiencing pain. Some parents experience this desire to protect their children on a less significant level, as we try to keep our children from skinning their knees and falling off of their bicycles. Other parents must go through great trials as their children enduring serious diseases and illnesses. In all of these cases, parents would rather take the pain in the place of their child.
We are rightly impressed by the grace of God. It is difficult for us to fathom how God could be willing to create humans knowing that a tremendous sacrifice would be required because of our sins. For the longest time it seemed simply unreasonable to me that God would be willing to make this sacrifice. No parent is willing to allow the suffering of their child. But a recent physical trial with one of my children has opened my eyes.
GOD HAD TO MAKE THIS SACRIFICE. Any parent would do anything and everything if it would make the problems with our children disappear. Parents would go to the death if it meant the protection and health of their children because we love them in a way that words cannot express. God had to make this sacrifice because he loves us to such a depth that we cannot fathom. Instead of wondering how God could make the choice to offer Christ for us, I now understand that it was not even a consideration for God to do otherwise. The opportunity was available for God to take away our illness that leads to spiritual death, our sinfulness. Did God have a choice to not save us? Of course God did not have to make the sacrifice. But any parent would have performed any act to save a child, regardless of the cost. God wants us to see that he loves us to a degree that words cannot express.
“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8; HCSB).
“…and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19; NASB).