In Isaiah 9:6 the verse starts with ” a child is born, a son is given…” These words struck me, a “Son” was given. I thought immediately of the sacrifice of the Father to give His only ” unique” and firstborn son. Jesus purpose as a spotless lamb was to take away the sins of the world. To be the saviour of the world. A Son, who knew no sin became sin so that we may become perfect in Him. A Son, was given to this wrethed vile race; there was nothing random about this, it was a supreme and unimaginable sacrifice of love.
As parents we look at our children, and the thought of ever giving them up for an enemy or to see them in the hands of evil people, is repulsive. The instinct to guard and protect and to give them everything good and perfect, is our mission and privilege. But God the Father saw unspeakable value in us and He sent His most precious gift to redeem an undeserving race. This thought is overwhelming, it shows the depth of God’s perfect love. In Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Joseph and Mary were Jesus’s earthly parents, as they watched him grow, they cared for Him and held Him dear. Deep in their heart the knew one day they would have to give their son away. Their anguish, their pain, and their personal loss can be felt by all of humanity. But the Son of man, the Son of God purpose was eternal, to reconcile man to His Father.
The love of the Father is incredible, that while we were yet sinners and separated from Him, He sent His very best, His son. God the Father goes even a step further in the unimaginable, and says that “He chose us before the foudation of the world in John 17:24 and Ephesians 1:4.
Today we are made sons of the Most High and inheritors of His great love in Galations 4:4 – 9. A perfect, loved, unique, and treasured Son was given so that we can be part of this Heavenly family. Let’s not lose sight of the price it took the Father and His Son Jesus to love us unconditionally, this is extravagant Love. Thank God for His unspeakable gift.