- D.A. Carson
"The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like his."
- George MacDonald
"He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things?"
- Romans 8:32
I killed two roosters yesterday. Shot them with my shotgun. That's life in the country, life mingled with death. I didn't think anything of it. My 13- and 11-year-old sons helped me dispose of the bodies.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will."
- Matthew 10:29
I could have just as easily killed my sons, but I made sure they were standing far away from the gunfire, safely protected by their father. When bullets are flying (or, in this case, shot), my paternal instinct is to keep my children from harm. If I were in Connecticut on Friday, and my child were inside the school, nothing could have stopped me from running in to save them.
But God did the opposite. He threw His son to the torturers, the killers. He did not spare His son. The Father delivered the Son up for us all.
It's times like this where I rest in the sovereignty of God, realizing that if God willingly gave His son, knowing we needed a savior, how will He not with Him freely give us all things?