The Father loves you!

“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son [deliberately] wills to reveal Him.” Matthew 11:27 (amplified)

I love how living and active God’s Word is, that even if you’ve read something a hundred times before, the Spirit can quicken it to your heart in a fresh way. I was reading the last part of Mt 11 and was struck by something I never noticed before and it became living and active for me. “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father.” There are so many places where Jesus says that He and the Father are one; that Jesus only does the things He sees His Father doing and does nothing on His own initiative, and that He alone represents the Father fully…but when I read this part of Mt 11:27, it spoke more clearly that God the Father has given Jesus everything. “All things” not some things, not parts of things, but all things.

Jesus left His home, heaven, His rightful place at the Father’s right hand, in order to become a man (see Philippians 2). But, in so doing, the Father handed over all things to the Son. It struck me that unless that (handing over all things) had happened, what Jesus did on the cross would have been partial, and not complete. I saw a picture in my mind of the Father holding the world He created, including all our sin, and handed it over to Jesus. This to me spoke of the ultimate trust between Father and Son, and that is echoed throughout the gospels. The love between Father and Son is something we don’t hear preached very much. If there wasn’t total trust from Father to Son, we would never have had our salvation. Jesus said He came to do the Father’s will. It was God’s love that sent Jesus – Jn 3:16: “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”

“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father” went deeper into my own heart in this question: what are my own “all things” that the Father handed over to Jesus? All my sickness, all my pain, all my wounds were handed over to Jesus! All the ravages of sin He took to the cross, died with them and rose from the grave without them. We don’t even know the extent of our own sin and yet the Father knew it all and so did Jesus. And given that He knows us completely, He still chooses to reveal Himself to us today! I find that very amazing and humbling.

So what does all this have to do with receiving what Jesus died to give us? The connection for me is this: When Jesus died nothing was left undone. He took care of our sin forever, He bore all our sickness and pains upon Himself and this work the Father asked Him to complete was done fully with nothing left out. It is not for us to work for it, as in, do something in order to earn forgiveness, His righteousness or His blessings. All that’s left for us to do is to believe Jesus finished handling “all things the Father gave Him.” To believe is to receive God’s way.  Jn 6:29 says, “Jesus replied, “This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent.” So rest knowing that the Father handed over everything to Jesus and what He did with our “everything” is final and cannot be undone! Rest knowing that He has taken all sin, all sickness and any and every wound to mankind and has fully put it away forever.

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