As a Christian there can be times of great emotional hurt, where we may feel like we are being engulfed in a great darkness or feeling downcast and tired, and in those times we often forget who we truly are and who God truly is. We get clouded by our struggles and hurt which becomes a dense fog to us and we cannot see beyond it. Yet to survive we must remember the great truth of Christ. We must come back to Him and be reminded of his sweet tender words, his sweet Gospel.
And to be honest that does come down to how we view God. How do you see God honestly?
Is God a harsh mean being, distant and demanding? Is God a tyrant Father hiding behind meek and mild Jesus? If that is how you see God, then I appeal that you look again, and look at Christ. And He says this of his Father:
“Father… you loved me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24
God is a wonderful Father, loving his Son through the Spirit through all eternity, before the creation of the earth and forever more. The Father pours his love on His son and is greatly pleased with him. And so Sibbes writes:
“And what comfort is this, that, seeing God’s love rests on Christ, as well pleased with us, if we be in Christ” (pg 2)
Sibbes is saying that it is a great comfort to know that the Fathers love rests on Christ because that means his love rests on us and he is well pleased with us if we be in Christ.
Just as Galatians 4:6-7 says:
“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
So, do you know who you are? According to this you are a Child of God! You are a Son (don’t get hung up on the gender, you are also a Bride – it’s about a Father loving his Son and we are adopted as Sons in Christ and we are also Christ’s Bride, all to signify the relationship we have with our triune God) And as adopted children you have the Spirit in you and He cries for you: “Father…Daddy”
And if you are in Christ as adopted Childern and the love of the Father rests on Christ, then his glorious overflowing love rests on you because you are his child. The Father loves you greatly – do you know that in your heart?
Therefore Sibbes goes on to say:
“Let us, therefore, embrace Christ, and in him Gods love, and build our faith safely on such a Saviour that is furnished with so high a commission” (pg2)
It is to easy and wrong to think that the Father is some tyrant hiding behind gentle Jesus. We need to change the focus – the Father is well pleased with us because of Christ. You are a child of the loving Father, you only need to embrace Christ and you become an heir and with that you have all things and most of all you have the Father’s love.
This really comforts me! The language is so rich here – “embrace Christ and in him Gods love”. Embrace Christ fully and feel Gods love and know Gods love and know that he is pleased with you. This comfort should grip our hearts in times of self-doubt, feeling low and comparing ourselves with others, because we can remind our hearts of the love of God towards us and our status in Him – it is a geat comfort! Thats an amazing foundation to build upon and it never changes. We only need to come to Christ to receive that –
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Come and embrace Christ. When you do, you will not find wrath or a telling off. But you will find comfort and tender words from a loving Father that pours his love on his Son and therefore pours his love on you.