Yesterday my two year old and I went to lunch. He loves pizza, so we went to the mall and I got him a huge slice in the food court. Then we went over to the play area. Paul loves to run, play and laugh. I love to watch him. With all the kids in there it was easy for me to pick him out. There is no one else like my son. I love it when he stops and looks to see if I’m looking at him. Then he will smile at me and run around.
During this Easter season I’ve been studying Jesus a lot. It really hit me yesterday how much God loved His son. How He must have felt as He watched Jesus interacting with us in this place. In Matthew 17:5 the disciples hear the voice of God say “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”
Jesus was the best Son, God never lost sight of Him, no matter where He was.
After a while it was time to go. Son was getting tired and it’s always better to leave while there’s still gas in the tank. You can’t explain it to a two year old. Paul sobbed a little as I put his shoes back on and we exited the play area. He gave a little wave over my shoulder to his new friends and I heard him mumble “bye, bye”.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24
Unlike my Son Jesus knew where He was going. In the garden when Jesus wept we are very quick to see concern over His pain and suffering. As I saw my son wave to his friends, I thought about Jesus great joy at walking talking and laughing with friends here. I thought about His prayer for them and His desire to be with them again.
Hebrews 9:15 describes it this way… “Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
Jesus loves the Father and He also loves us. He mediated a disagreement we couldn’t resolve on our own. The Father saw His perfect life and Jesus gave that life to benefit His friends. He desires for us to be together with the Father.
I hope as my son grows he will want his friends to know me. That will be a devotional for another day…