Torrey - Christ -4.2- The Love of Christ toward the Father

II. THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST TO GOD THE FATHER. THE FACT OF HIS LOVE John 14:31 — "But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father giveth me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence."

First Proposition:Jesus Christ loved the Father.

The one thing that Jesus desired the world to know about Him was that He loved the Father. If the secret of His life was asked, it was this: "I love the Father." If we wish to know what loving God means in its purity and its fulness, we have to look at Jesus Christ.

HOW THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE FATHER MANIFESTED ITSELF

John 14:21 — "But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do." John 15:10 — "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

Second Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His doing as the Father commanded him to do. (Compare to 1 John 2:3.) John 6:38 — "For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me."

His obedience to the Father's will faltered not at forsaking the glory of heaven for the shame of earth. Philippians 2:8 — "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

His obedience to his Father's will faltered not at death, even death on a cross. John 10:15, 17-18 — "As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."

His death was in the highest sense voluntary. It was the goal toward which he deliberately walked. Luke 9:51 — "And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.

But it was not only on that last journey that "He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem." When He first took upon Himself the nature of man, He had steadfastly set His face to go to Calvary. The Jews stood beside the tomb of Lazarus and saw Jesus weeping and said, "Behold how He loved him [Lazarus]" ( John 11:36). We stand beside the cross and behold Jesus bleeding and we cry, "Behold how He loved Him [God]." John 8:55, RV — "And ye have not known him: but I know him; and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be like unto you, a liar; but I know him, and keep his word."

Third Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His keeping (i.e., attending to carefully, or guarding) the Father's word.

To keep God's word means more than to obey His commandments. One may obey commandments without a hearty love for them, but we cherish what we regard as a precious treasure. This Jesus did. The Father's word was Jesus' most precious treasure. He guarded it as others do their gold and jewels. This esteem for His Father's word was a peculiar mark of His love to the Father. Matthew 26:39,42 — "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass form me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done."

Fourth Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in unwavering submission to the Father's will, even when that will required something from which the soul shrank in heart-breaking anguish. Psalm 40:8 — '2 delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."

Fifth Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in delight in doing the Father's will.

The connection shows that the Father's will was Christ's own sacrificial death. Luke 2:49 — "And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?

Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

This delight in the Father's will manifested itself even in Jesus' boyhood. John 4:34 RV — "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work."

The doing of the Father's will, and accomplishing his work was Jesus Christ's meat, it was more to him than His necessary food. (See context.) John 8:29 RV — "And he that sent me is with me; he hath not left me alone; for I do always the things that are pleasing to him."

Sixth Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His always doing that which was pleasing to the Father.

This is more than obedience to expressed commands. A son may do whatever a father bids him, but a more loving son will not wait to be bidden, but learn what pleases his father and anticipate his will. To know what pleased the Father was Christ's constant study; to do these things was his unvarying practice. John 5:30 — "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

Seventh Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His seeking the Father's will.

The accomplishment of His Father's will was the one object of His pursuit.

As other men hunt for gold, or pleasure, or honor, or the accomplishment of their own will, Christ sought the accomplishment of His Father's will. John 5:34,41, RV — "But the witness which I receive is not from man: howbeit I say these things, that ye may be saved. I receive not glory from men." (Compare to verse 44.)

Eighth Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His seeking and accepting testimony and glory from the Father alone. John 17:4 "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

Ninth Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His finishing the work the Father gave Him to do.

QUESTION: When was that work finished? ( John 19:30 — "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost.") ANSWER: On the cross. It was love to God before love to man that brought Jesus to Calvary. We speak of God the Father loving men in Christ, which is true, but it is also true that Christ's sacrifice for men finds its final reason and original source in obedience to the will of the Father, the object of His supreme love. John 7:18 — "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." John 17:4 "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

John 17: l — "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee."

Tenth Proposition: Jesus Christ's love for the Father manifested itself in His seeking the glory of the Father alone.

The Father's glory was Jesus Christ's first and great ambition, the consuming passion of His life. For the Father's glory He planned, prayed, acted, suffered, and died. Jesus taught that the first and great commandment is "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" ( Matthew 22:37-38). His own life is the supreme manifestation of this law.