Faces Surrounding Calvary: God the Father

God brought about the topic upon which we have focused for this series of posts. If it were not for His love and concern for mankind, Calvary would have been just another countryside hill. By the good grace of God, we can partake in the greatest of blessings (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-7).

From eternity, God, knowing the fall of man, and desiring that we again be His children, instituted a plan by which man would have his sins removed. In like manner of the Old Testament sacrificial lamb, He provided for all of mankind a sacrificial lamb, the Lamb of God (John 1:29). In so doing, God had to turn His back on His own Son (2 Corinthians 5:21).

To appreciate the relationship held between the Father and the Son, recall the word spoken by Jesus in prayer to the Father. He referred to Himself and the Father as one (John 17:21). Thus, for the Father to turn away from His own Son was hard to do. He turned His back to Jesus, for He became sin in our stead.

After Jesus died and rose the third day, returned to heaven to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3). Someday, you and I will have that opportunity to go home. However, we must grab hold of the example given us. Let’s obey Him from the heart and serve Him (Romans 6:17-18). When the time is right and our work is done, we too, by God’s grace and care, will go home (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).

Kyle Campbell