What is the toughest test you’ve ever had to take? ACT? MCAT? Spelling Bee? We can all recall that scary moment of walking into an exam unprepared.
But what about life’s tests?
While our school days may have been a challenge, most of us have faced trials that have tested our mettle to the limits. If there is a Bible character who can identify, it’s Abraham. The Lord had great things in store for him, but Abraham had to go through the ultimate test. No, this wasn’t a trig exam. It wasn’t a doctoral thesis. It was a test of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. Abraham would have to be willing to give up everything in order to be fully prepared for his calling.
How’d he do? Well, in other moments in his life, we’d probably say that he flip-flopped like John Kerry. But here, in his ultimate test, it was different. His allegiance to God was shown in a way that few in scripture (or history) could match. He was willing to put his own son — his beloved son — on the altar of sacrifice. And yet he had so much faith! In the hardest moment, he stated to his boy that God would come through… and did He ever!
This story is such an amazing picture of Christ that some would argue that it is quasi-fantastical. See, Abraham believed God would provide a lamb, but only a ram was found in the thicket. God provided the (temporary) ram then, but he provided the (eternal) Lamb — His Son — a few thousand years later. Thicket? Crown of thorns. Just a short walk from where this sacrifice took place. Abraham — Father of Nations. Jesus Christ — Desire of Nations. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried. This is God’s incredible plan of redemption. There is not a single thing more beautiful.
Do you see the gospel here? Is your heart overwhelmed by God’s unhindered plan? And are you willing to sacrifice everything for the God who willingly sacrificed His only Son for you?
By: Todd Thomas