There are so many things we may regret as we look back over our lives. My greatest regret is that it took me so long to realize what a great gift of love salvation is, and what a great sacrifice Jesus made for me. He died that I might live. After knowing that, how can anything this poor old world has to offer mean anything? Thinking of that, reminded me of this piece that I’m sharing with you today, The Father’s Bargain by Puritan preacher, John Flavel. Flavel imagined what the conversation between the Father and the Son might have been as they were contemplating the fate of our souls.
Here you may suppose the Father to say when driving His bargain with Christ for you:
The Father speaks.
My Son, here is a company of poor, miserable souls that have utterly undone themselves and now lay open to my justice. Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them.
The Son responds.
O my Father. Such is my love to and pity for them, that rather then they shall perish eternally I will be responsible for them as their guarantee. Bring in all thy bills, that I may see what they owe thee. Bring them all in, that there be no after-reckonings with them. At my hands shall thou require it. I would rather choose to suffer the wrath that is theirs then they should suffer it. Upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt.
The Father responds.
But my Son, if thou undertake for them, thou must reckon to pay the last mite. Expect no abatement. Son, if I spare them… I will not spare you.
The Son responds.
Content Father. Let it be so. Charge it all upon me. I am able to discharge it. And though it prove a kind of undoing to me, though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures… I am content to take it.”
Excerpt from “The Father’s Bargain”