And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” (Genesis 22:12)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Roman 8:32)
And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Matthew 9:7)
Do you have a son? How is your feeling if you have to sacrifice your beloved son for others deeds?
Being parents should be a major life transformation in someone’s life. Since I haven’t become a parents, I can only see the change happen to my friends after they had their children. The most apparent thing is their love to their children. Acknowledging these parental love, I could not imagine how was Abraham’s feeling when God asked him to sacrifice his only and beloved son. Some people said that it’s due to Abraham’s deep faith that he believed even if his only son is sacrificed, God is able to rise his son from death. Despite that thought, I have to admit that I couldn’t imagine how heartbroken Abraham was.
Abraham is well known as God’s best friend. This fact allows us to imagine that there were two persons befriended each other. One day the first man’s son almost die saving the son of his father’s best friend. How thankful was his father’s friend. Years later, the first man died. His son lost his way and then turned to be a wicked person. His father’s best friend then sent his son to save the young man, but it ended with his son being killed by the young man. Eventually, the young man realize his fault then regret all his mistakes. Eventhough his son died, the old man was thankful because his best friend’s son finally come back to the right path.
Dedicating our children might be more difficult than dedicated ourselves. Today God reminds us that both Abraham and our heavenly Father had sincerely ready to sacrifice their beloved ones. It’s not for saving themselves, but for saving the world. It is happened for a greater future. As God proclaimed Jesus as Thy beloved son, God wants us to know that He ready to give His own child to cleanse us of our sins. See how much Thy love for us!
Saint Paul also said in his letter to the Rome, what God may not give-for our goodness-since God already given His beloved son for us, the sinner?
May God bless us with more faith, hope, and love. May we are enabled to imitate Jesus, God’s beloved son, obeying God’s words on us. May God empower us with a sincere heart to dedicate all of our belongings to God, for everything we have is God’s blessings for us.