Good Pleasure

19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven (Colossians 1).

Jesus is nothing less than the very “fullness” of God.  This word fullness is the word that describes how a ship is “filled” with cargo.  Yet, the analogy breaks down, in that a ship can be separated from its cargo, while Jesus cannot.  For with Him, the ship and the cargo were not separate, but actually one and the same!  In other words, God was pleased to unite with humankind by completely filling up a man with Himself—such that man and Deity were one being—the God/Man.  You see, God did not just inhabit a man—oh no, He became one! And He was His “good pleasure” to do so.

But something else was also “the Father’s good pleasure”: “through Him to reconcile all things to Himself”—to send this God/Man to the cross to pay for the sins of His brethren. Isaiah53:10 puts it like this: “But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering ….” Yes, the Father was pleased to send His Son to be born in a stable, as well as to send Him to die on a tree.

Lord, thank You for find pleasure in the means to our salvation—even at the cost of Your only begotten Son. Help us This Day to find our good pleasure in Him. Amen.