God spoke to us many precious words through many prophets in different generations. The Old Testament alone is very abundant. Among all prophecies, those concerning the Lord becoming a man forever is very precious, not to mention the prophecies concerning Him dying for us. The Bible says, “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh.” (1 Timothy 3:16) It’s so precious that God’s beloved Son undeniably came into the world. We honestly need Him to come close to us, so that we may know His glory and His love for us. His gentleness makes us great. He is so mighty, yet He’s so gentle and so beautiful! The more we know Him, the more we can see His beauty and be touched by it!
God’s only begotten Son, only He is able to make Abba known to us. It’s so precious that He personally came to the earth and spoke so many precious words. His prayer in John 17 alone is incomparable. What He said that night cannot be equated with diamonds or anything in this world.
Brothers and sisters, if someone were to be born for me, I would feel so shocked. If someone were to live for me, I would not dare to accept. And if someone were named for my sake, I would feel so amazed. Yet the Lord became a baby for us, not like Adam, who began as an adult. Abba prepared the body for the Lord. He came and manifested Abba and His love, which could not be replaced by anything else. The Lord clearly mentioned in His prayer the night before His crucifixion, that He came to the earth to make the Father’s name known to His disciples. And He will continue to make it known. I have personally experienced again and again how He manifested Abba. He wants the love with which Abba has loved Him be in me.
No one could come up with the parable of the prodigal son, but only the Lord, who knows and loves Abba deeply. The lost son returning to his father’s embrace reminds me of the day I was saved, which happened 60 years ago. Even after so long, what I experienced that night is still so fresh in my memory. At that time, I did not know how to describe it, but now I know that Abba was embracing me and kissing me with many kisses. That night was the most joyful night in my life. Abba must have been much more joyous than I was. Heaven rejoiced altogether.
The passage in Luke chapter 15 is very precious. Verse 20 says, “And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and ran to him. I don’t know the details, but I don’t think it was the son who called out to his father first. But rather, it was the father who was waiting for his son’s return all along. This passage reminds me of the verse in Isaiah “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you…” (Isaiah 30:18)
In the New Testament, the word “Father” appears very often. In the Gospel of John, the Lord mentioned many times that the Father had sent Him. He treasured exceedingly that the Father had sent Him. The Lord’s will is the same as the Father’s. The Father and the Son are one. We can see from the Song of Solomon that He came “leaping over the mountains and bounding over the hills” (Song 2:8).