Saturday, November 30, 2013
I watched a church service this morning online where the musicians, lead singers and choir were all 'professional grade'-they were singing and playing, praising God through worship.
I liked it, but I wasn't the audience-they were playing for God, worshiping to please Him.
I got to thinking about the verses in the Bible where God is pleased, and a few tied together:
16After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,
17and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is £My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
God the Father was pleased in God the Son.
5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” Matthew 17:5
God the Father once more declares His pleasure in His Beloved Son, and commands us to listen to Him.
10 But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10
Here's the heart of it. God was pleased to crush His Beloved Son, to put Him to grief. That very act of crushing, death on the cross, was the focal point of all of Creation. Redemption.
Without Christ rendering Himself as a guilt offering to cover our sins, we would all still be lost, and God would have failed...but God never fails.
The outcome of that act: "He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand."
We are selfish creatures, even the best of us, and we focus on how things affect us. In this act of redemption, we become His children, we live with Him forever, and we share in His redeemed Creation with Him throughout eternity.
And God is Pleased.