Lenten Blog--Day 4
Saturday, February 25, 2012
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (v.17)
There’s a certain mystery in the love a parent has for a child. No language quite adequately describes the deep sense of what the relationships means and the willingness a parent has to sacrifice for their child. That is why the voice from heaven towards a son is a rare, intimate glimpse into the greatest relationship between a Father and a Son. We see the heart of deep love and recognition of the relationship in the declaration. A sonship that is the way that sonship should have been before shiny trees clouded the picture. I am the prodigal son who desired to make his own way towards indulgence. I am the elder son who justified his own existence by earning a place in a household of rules. And Jesus is the son who is beloved. And we catch a glimpse of the Gospel here by vicarious sonship. Grace for the moralistic son and the prodigal son to be called beloved by the Father because of the Son of God.