God’s delight in Jesus

Something that’s really hit home for me lately is how God the Father finds perfect delight in His Son Jesus.  True, God does love us too and He did send Jesus to die on the cross so we could be redeemed and have salvation. But God finds immense joy, happiness and delight in His own Son Jesus.

Passages such as Matt 11:27 “Noone knows the Son except the Father and noone knows the Father except the Son” and John 1:18 “Noone has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known”.

We can see the intimacy in this perfect relationship: “The Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing” John 5:20

We’ve been doing studies on the Glory of God and we read passages in Exodus that speaks about how God’s name brings him glory (Ex 9:13-16, 14:1-4,15-18).  But the glory of His name is magnified when Jesus is on the cross.  We see all the glory of God when He gives His Son over to death, and we see the fulfillment of His promises that all people can receive salvation.  At the cross, God’s glory and His name becomes absolutely amplified because Jesus has atoned for sin, on account of His name so that the glory returns to Him.  (1John2:12)

Something I want to leave you with on my readings of “The Pleasures of God” by John Piper is that God loves His Son with a love of delight and pleasure.  God loves us in a self-denying, sacrificial, merciful and of pity to the undeserving but He loves, cherishes, enjoys and admires everything He sees in Jesus.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14)

In a later study of YF, we’ll be going through a study titled, “The Glory of God in Jesus”. I know I’m looking forward to it!


2 Responses to “God’s delight in Jesus”

  1. Thanks for this timely reminder DoJ!

  2. And because of the obedience of Jesus that delight is transferred/imputed/reckoned to us. We are made ‘the apple of
    His eye’ in Christ.

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