“I in them and you in me,
that they may become
perfectly one, so that the
world may know that you
sent me and loved them
even as you loved me.”
Each one represents a significant experience, event, or both. I was looking for an insulated coffee mug that’d fit in my cars console. My eyes started the clockwise gaze on the top shelf for a mug. Yep, there’s that vacation in Branson mug. There’s the flight deck in Pensacola tumbler. Stop.
It’s the mug that always stops me if I see it. It’s about the cheapest coffee cup a person could buy, even has a chip where a person would sip on it, but to my mind and heart, it’s the most precious mug.
It just has two words: New daddy.
Even though us earthly parents mess this up at times, there’s an irrevocable bond set between parent and child, established by God himself. That bond is one-sided to a certain degree. A parent commits to loving and caring for this child to the best of their ability for the rest of their life, despite all the grief, heartache, and wrong this child will commit. That doesn’t mean a parent does everything for the child. But it does mean, at the end of the day, that parent should have done what love would do for that child.
Every time God sees Jesus, he’s reminded of that bond he has for us. God loves us as much as he loves Jesus! Read John 17:23 above. For God to love us unhindered, completely, and irrevocably; Jesus had to become our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). This world has no problem believing that because two people chomped on forbidden fruit that all mankind became sinful at birth. How much more does the work of Christ undo that curse, and make us completely and utterly loved by God (Romans 5, 1 John 2)?
By Aaron F. Jeffers