A Father Responds

A FATHER PLANS Before the creation of the world in eternity past God drafted a design to restore rebellious, self-willed, evil people to be holy and pure before Him.

A FATHER OBSERVES While soldiers, looking down as they cast their lots, gambling for a mere material possession that would soon become threadbare, Jesus, Creator of the very bloody ground on which the soldiers knelt, was looking up to his Father.Troubled sky 2

A FATHER GROANS Although the spikes and ropes secured him to that cross, his love for his Father, and for the gambling soldiers, the condemning Pharisees, the mocking crowd, and all the people of the world really held him to that cross.

A FATHER AGREES When they were nailing his body to the wood, Jesus cried out, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). As the soldiers lifted the cross toward heaven and dropped it into the ground, all heaven and earth shook.

A FATHER BLUSHES The soldiers stripped off Jesus’ clothing, exposing his nakedness without any concern for their own spiritual nakedness. Pilate, who cowardly washed his hands and surrendered Jesus to the mob, thought he had made the choices that day, but ignorantly was fulfilling a prophecy, “They cast lots for my garments” (Psalm 22:18)).

A FATHER REFUSES “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Mark 15:34). Even the great, indescribable love for His Son would not allow Him to look on Jesus.

A FATHER REJOICES “When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit:” (Luke 23:46). Then natural disasters occurred: temple curtain torn open, earth shook, rocks split, and many tombs broke open and many bodies resurrected.

THE FATHER SMILES Plans are completed. Mission accomplished.

So this Father’s Day, remember as you honor your earthly father, please honor your Heavenly Father for His redemptive plan. He’s not a gambling man. And He always wins. And so do we when we cast our lots with Him, God, our Father.

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