“ The Word [Jesus] became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
I heard a story today from a speaker and author, Joel Richardson, so I will paraphrase it, and also add my own twist and detail to the story to paint a visual picture. This is an amazing example of the fatherly love of the God of the Bible, Yahweh. It touched my heart dearly. Let it touch your heart as well…
There were two fathers, each who had a beautiful little daughter. Each girl loved to play dollies and create stories with them from enchanting fairy tales to stories of families and their daily routines. This brought them great joy being able to imagine many possibilities; however, the stories became much more special when they shared their tales with others, especially with those they loved most dearly…
After work, the first father comes home, exhausted after his long day at the office. He was an important business manager with many working under him. He spent his days making high level decisions and ensuring that the company was prosperous and that all succeeded in their jobs and were motivated to do good. When he opened the front door, the first daughter ran to him, “Daddy! Daddy!,” hugging his leg as he could barely put down his briefcase. She grabbed his hand and drug him to her dollies. “Daddy, will you be this one?” as she held up one of her girl dolls. “Sure!,” he said, as he sat down in the middle of the living room, tie and all, changing his voice to depict the feminine character that his daughter wanted him to be. Her heart was filled with great joy as she was able to share this experience with one of the people most dear to her. Her father’s heart filled with joy as he saw the great joy she had because he was in her presence interacting with her. He loved her so much, he would do anything for her, even humble himself to become a girl dolly.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8
The second father came home after his busy day at the office. He was frustrated, again. He couldn’t figure out why they all seemed so much beneath him. They just couldn’t succeed and do what he had done and he had commanded them to do. He had started where they did in life, but he had worked his way through the ranks, and now he was the top in his office. He knew he was smarter and better than everyone there; He had proven that. He would never think to help those beneath him; afterall, no one had helped him. He earned his stripes. As he walked through the door, his daughter ran to him, “Daddy! Daddy!,” hugging his leg as he could barely put down his briefcase. “Not now!,” he had scolded her. “But, Daddy, will you be one?” as she tried to hand him a dolly. “Have mommy play! Daddies don’t play with dolls. Daddies work.” The daughter hung her head and went to the living room to play by herself. Her dad couldn’t lower himself to her level. He couldn’t fathom playing dolly with a little girl, even his own daughter. He was a strong, real man. Real men didn’t play dolls.
This is a representative depiction of the difference between the God of the Bible, Yahweh, and the God of the Qu’ran, Allah. Yahweh showed His great love for us by lowering Himself to become a man, Jesus, and coming to the earth as a servant to all. His love was so much greater for us than any reputation He had as the rightful Creator and Ruler of the Universe. His love far exceeded His desire to be exalted. Allah is also depicted as the one true, all-powerful god in the Qu’ran; however, Allah shows no love for his people and would never dream of humbling himself to become a lowly man on this earth. His desire only is to be obeyed and exalted. What a contrast we have between the two… love versus the desire for power.
Which God would you want to serve?
“rather, [Jesus] made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:7-8
“[Christians] say: “God hath begotten a son!” – Glory be to Allah! Allah is self- sufficient! His are all things in the heavens and on earth! No warrant have you for this! say you about Allah what you know not? Say: “Those who invent a lie against Allah will never prosper.” A little enjoyment in this world!- and then, to Us will be their return, then shall [Muslims] make [Christians] taste the severest penalty for their blasphemies.” Sura 10:68-70 [The Qur’an]
Father God, How thankful are we that we can call you Father and that your love for us is how a perfect Father would love us. You have gone way beyond our wildest imaginations in demonstrating your love for us by sending Your Son to die in our deserved place in order that we might be restored to you and share eternity with you. You first loved us even before we knew you and loved you back. Thank you for setting your love upon us and humbling yourself to our level. In the mighty name of Jesus, Son of God, we pray. Amen.