Our Father has won!

Cross_cloudsAs we approach Easter, we celebrate Christ’s victory on the cross and with His resurrection. This is truly glorious and forever to be praised.

But do we also know that the cross was ultimately the Father’s victory?

It was the Father’s love that came down to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

It was the Father’s plan that Jesus was following, for He Himself said that He was only following in His Father’s footsteps:

“Most assuredly, I say to you,
the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do;
for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things
that He Himself does….” (John 5:19-20 NKJV)

It was the Father working in Christ that reconciled every one of us to Himself, so that now He no longer counts our sins against us. It’s the Father who sends us out in Christ to proclaim this good news of restoration to the world. (Bold-type added)

“that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting people’s sins against them.
And he has committed to us
the message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor.5:19 NIV)

Salvation_KennethMyersAs Kenneth Myers says in his book, Salvation (And How We Got It Wrong), the plan of salvation originated in the Father’s heart. It was a loving Father and His Son on a rescue mission for those He loves.

Here’s how the New Century Version Bible puts the most famous passage in the Bible. Remember that when you see the word, God, it’s talking about the Father. (Bold-type added)

God loved the world so much
that he gave his one and only Son
so that whoever believes in him may not be lost,
but have eternal life.
God did not send his Son into the world
to judge the world guilty,
but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17 NCV)

As I’ve said in other places like here,  God was not angry with us. His mission was not to save us from Himself! It was love that brought Him to us. He sent His Son to take away the infection called sin that was killing us so we could be free forever as sons and daughters living in His embrace!

Here’s what Kenneth Myers said about John 3:16-17 in his book (Bold-type added):

“I would like to point out that God becoming man was not some voluntary operation of the Son in contradistinction to the justice-demanding heart of the Father. The Son became a man because of the Father.” (p.62)

I will talk more about his book another time, but for now, here’s a song by WorshipMob to celebrate this glorious truth. Let these words ring in your heart as we celebrate the victory the Father has won for us in Christ.

In bondage no longer
Now free sons and daughters
Made whole by the blood
Our Father has won!

Our Father Has Won
Written by WorshipMob’s Nico Perez, Garrett Chynoweth, Gina Milne, Ronnie Milne, Tyler Cuchiara, and James Guerra

Reviver, Father, Friend
You made our hearts to beat again
A new creation song
You gave us joy to sing again

Once broken and guilty
Now drowning in mercy
All curses undone
Our Father has won

In bondage no longer
Now free sons and daughters
Made whole by the blood
Our Father has won

Identity restored
Unveiled our eyes to see again
So let the anthems rise
Unlock our minds to dream again

All hope restored, our lives reborn
Created for Your glory, glory
All shame has fled, our faults lay dead
Oh God, You’ve said You’re for us, for us!

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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