Morning, February 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“The Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” — 1 John 4:14

It is comforting to think that Jesus Christ did not come forth without his Father’s permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent by the Father, that he might be the Savior of men. We are too apt to forget that, while there are distinctions as to the persons in the Trinity, there are no distinctions of honor. We too frequently attribute the honor of our salvation, or at least the depths of its compassion, more to Jesus Christ than we do the Father. This is a very great mistake. Yes, Jesus came? Did not his Father send him? If he spoke wondrously, did not his Father pour grace into his speech, that he might be an gifted minister of the new covenant? He who knows the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as he should know them, never sets one before another in his love; he sees them at Bethlehem, at Gethsemane, and on Calvary, all equally engaged in the work of salvation. O Christian, have you put your confidence in the Man Christ Jesus? Have you placed your reliance solely on him? And are you united with him? Then believe that you are united to the God of heaven. Since to  Christ Jesus the Man you are a brother, and hold close fellowship, you are linked thereby with God the Eternal, and “the Ancient of days” is your Father and your friend. Did you ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy? If not, let this be your day’s meditation. The Father sent him! Contemplate that subject. Think how Jesus performs what the Father wills. In the wounds of the dying Savior see the love of the great I AM. Let every thought of Jesus be also connected with the Eternal, ever-blessed God, for “the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief.”