God the Father: Lover
God is love. At His Heart, God the Father is a lover. The Lover. God speaks out loud a mere 3 times in the New Testament and of the 2 instances when God the Father speaks aloud directly to His Son, He repeats the same simple message: You are my Son, whom I love (Luke 3:22, Matthew 17:5). As I have argued before, since such instances of direct communication from God the Father are so rare, it behooves us to pay special attention to these messages. Note yet again how consistent the Father is with His previous public declarations (the Ten Commandments): He is still a generational God, but now He refers specifically to the relationship between Father and Son and He is still a rewarder of persons because He chose Jesus, His Son with whom He is always well pleased. I believe one of the main reasons God is saying this out loud is because He wants us to get the fact that we too are His children, therefore we know that our Father speaks the same words to us. You are my children, whom I love. As Paul says in Ephesians 3:14- 15, I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
You have heard about God’s love many times before, so let me try to freshen your appreciation for the fact that God has made us family. One of my brothers and his wife a while back adopted 3 foster kids. All 3 kids come from the usual abusive and dysfunctional background meaning that each kid comes with a huge load of baggage attached. When you adopt kids as your own, the state stops paying you the standard fee paid to foster parents (3 kids would mean a serious monthly paycheck), so not only did they lose a lot of money, they now have all the responsibility for taking care of these kids. That means special schools, special counseling and play therapy, special summer schools, and all the joys of parenting children who are chemically, psychologically, spiritually, and most likely demonically messed up. The number of hours and nights this brother and his wife have spent dealing with some aspect of these kids’ past trauma is beyond count. And the children haven’t even reached adolescence yet. As their legal parents, my brother and his wife bear legal responsibility for anything criminal these kids might do. Think about that for a moment. For better or worse, these kids are now their kids; they signed all the forms, made all the legal changes, changed their last names, took up all the responsibilities for their care, brought them into their home, and forevermore will be their parents. I don’t know about you, but this kind of love, this kind of investment of time and energy, this kind of risk—it staggers my mind.
This is precisely what God the Father has done for you and me. He paid for the right to adopt us, paid with His Son’s blood. He adopted us despite knowing all the baggage we would bring in to the relationship, despite all the risk of damaging His Kingdom, despite all the hurt it could bring to His Spirit, and despite the cost to His Son, who became sin on our behalf. And this is precisely why He loves His Son so much—despite knowing the price, the hurt, the risk, the curses involved in our adoption, Jesus volunteered anyway. This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. The Son has a heart just like His Father’s heart, a heart for the lost orphans of this world. The Father and the Son love us so much they made us family!