Christ’s Love for his Father’s Glory

Erik Raymond posts on Jesus’ ultimate aim:

From a sermon by John Piper, dated March 8, 1987

The depth of the Son’s suffering was the measure of his love for the Father’s glory. It was the Father’s righteous allegiance to his own name that made recompense for sin necessary. And so when the Son willingly took the suffering of that recompense on himself, every footfall on the way to Calvary echoed through the universe with this message: the glory of God is of infinite value!

And so when the Father forsook the Son and handed him over to the curse of the cross and lifted not a finger to spare him pain, he had not ceased to love the Son. In that very moment when the Son was taking upon himself everything that God hates in us, and God was forsaking him to death, even then the Father knew that the measure of his Son’s suffering was the depth of his Son’s love for the Father’s glory, and in that love the Father took deepest pleasure.

Jesus said in John 10:15, 17, “I lay down my life for the sheep . . . For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.” And he prayed in John 17:4, “Father, I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

In other words, when Jesus died, he glorified the Father’s name and saved his Father’s people. And does not the Father have pleasure in his name? And does he not rejoice over his people with loud singing? How then shall he not delight in the resolution of these two joys in the bruising of his Son?

[link to complete transcript and audio option]

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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