The following is a true story shared by a dear friend and it speaks deeply and vividly of the willing sacrifice that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made for us.
A father and his daughter were driving along a road. Suddenly, the father lost control of the car and they quickly veered off into a ditch with a huge tree directly in their path. The father, seeing the tree and knowing that hitting it was unavoidable, quickly unbuckled his seatbelt and threw himself over his daughter just before the impact.
The daughter was badly bruised and horribly frightened but was otherwise okay. The father however suffered a punctured spleen, broken ribs and internal bleeding. Did the father know that by taking off his seatbelt and throwing himself over his daughter, he could be killed? Probably. But his love for his daughter and her safety far outweighed his concern for himself.
So it is with our Beloved Father.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Our heavenly Father loves us so deeply. Because we were born into sin, our lives were off the path, quickly heading for destruction. Knowing the horrible impact we faced, which would lead to eternal separation from God because of sin, Jesus came and threw Himself over us, taking the death blow that we were facing. Just like the father who threw himself over his daughter in order to save her, Jesus, our Father, threw His own life over us, and died for us so that we might be saved.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans 5:6-10
When we contemplate what this father did for his child, we as parents, can understand and relate to that kind of love for our children. It is not too difficult for us to understand a parent’s love for their child to that degree. Yet we, as God’s creation, find it difficult to understand the depth of His love for us, that would result in Him dying to save us.
Our deepest prayer for you is,
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21