Monday, April 6 | By Jason Cox

(Stuart Townend, 1995 – CGH #178)

There is something special about a Father’s love.

When I think of my father, I think of his patience sitting at the kitchen table for hours trying his best to explain to me, a hard-headed ninth grader, the fundamentals of algebra. Or the way he sacrificed countless afternoons and weekends carrying my brother and me to music lessons, soccer practice, baseball games, and other gas-guzzling, time-consuming commitments.

On several occasions in Scripture we see the evidence of a father’s love. A prodigal son is welcomed home with open arms by his father. And Jairus, a desperate father, pleads with Jesus to come heal his 12-year-old daughter. Jairus’ love for his little girl compelled him to go and seek out the Healer.

And how about Jesus Himself? The Son of God sent on a mission of mercy by His own Father to come and dwell with us. What kind of love is this?

John Piper puts it this way: “God’s love is His willingness to do whatever is necessary – even suffering unimaginable pain – to bring us undeserving rebels the all-satisfying and everlasting joy of knowing Him.”

How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son, To make a wretch His treasure.

This Easter, we remember that our freedom and salvation have come at a cost. A Father gave His one and only Son to pay the price that only He could pay.

Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart – His wounds have paid my ransom.

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