“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Forsaken, But Still One with the Father

…At the same time, though, and here again perhaps there is paradox, the Father and the Son were in a deeper sense still one. Listen to how John Piper puts it:

“When the Father forsook the Son and handed him over to the curse of the cross and lifted not a finger to spare him pain, he had not ceased to love the Son. In that very moment when the Son was taking upon himself everything that God hates in us, and God was forsaking him to death, even then the Father knew that the measure of his Son's suffering was the depth of his Son's love for the Father's glory, and in that love the Father took deepest pleasure. The crucifixion of Jesus was a mysterious event…in the very moment when God’s curse rested most heavily on Jesus because of sin, the Father’s love for his Son reached explosive proportions. This is why Jesus, with his dying breath, could say, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46). Though he knew the wrath of his Father was being poured out on him, he also knew that he was bearing it for the Father’s glory, and that the Father loved him for it.” – John Piper, The Pleasures of God ch. 6
In the very moment of the Son being forsaken by the Father and the Father losing his Son, the members of the Trinity acted out their eternal plan together, working with one another for each other’s glory! For the glory of the Trinity.

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