Father and Son

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Genesis 22:1-8

[God] did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. (Rom. 8:32)

You can see the events unfold in your mind's eye. A father with a son whom he loves is trudging up Mount Moriah. Strapped on the son's back is the wood to be used for his death. In the father's hand is everything else needed for the sacrifice: the knife to slay his son and the fire to light the wood on the altar.

Fast forward about eighteen centuries. We see another Son, beloved by his Father, trudging painfully up Mount Calvary. Strapped on his back is a wooden cross that will become the instrument of his death (he stumbles, so someone else must carry it). He is going there because of the will of his Father (“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will,” Mark 14:36). God did not spare his own Son.

Now here's the spooky thing. Mount Moriah is Mount Calvary. According to 2 Chronicles 3:1, Solomon built the temple on Mount Moriah, the mount on which Jerusalem was built. So, eighteen centuries before Jesus' death, Abraham enacted the story of death of a beloved son. That story of the (near) sacrifice of Isaac is a prophetic story of the real event: God's sacrifice of his only Son on Calvary for the sins of the human race. Jesus in Genesis!

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for giving up your only Son for the salvation of mankind. Thank you for your incredible love. Amen.