Thursday, May 30, 2013

Behold the Son -- He Loves His Father and Sits at His Right Hand

"And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. 37And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. 38And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave." (Genesis 42: 35-38)
The previous post focused on the goodness of God that we see when we Behold the Son Jesus.

Yet we can also draw something else very powerful when reading this wonderful passage.

That a son would risk his own sons' loves shows not so much what a careless father he is, but the certainty that he would bring beloved Benjamin back to his bereaved Father Jacob.

We see here a wonderful picture of God's love for us, in that He was willing to offer up His own Son for us (dedicated and wonderful)

More importantly, we see the love of the Son, so much so that He was willing to give up everything to appease his father's concern.

Jesus loves His Father, and for this love He died on the Cross for us:

"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22: 42)

While Reuben did not have to make the ultimate sacrifice of delivering up his sons, God the Father delivered up His Son for us:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3: 16)

When we Behold the Son, we must see how  much He loved His Father.

Now, Reuben was pledgding to protect Jacob's youngest son Benjamin, whose name means "Son of my right hand".

Today, Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, ministering on our behalf:

"34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8: 34)

In fact, every believer is also seated at the Father's right hand in Christ:

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Ephesians 2: 4-6)

When you Behold the Son, know and believe that this Son loved the Father, enough that He gave up everything for you, that you would see Him at the right hand of the Father, that you could receive and reign in life in Him (Romans 5: 17; 1 John 4: 17)

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