Written by Reinhard Bonnke
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
When he found one of great value, he went away
and sold everything he had and bought it.
Here is a question. It sounds like a Bible riddle, two riddles in one in fact. What is the greatest thing God ever did … and could he do something greater?
Think of what God has done. He made heaven and earth. He opened his hands and flung the cosmos into existence. He “sustains all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). He made everything. Can God make more than everything?
God gave until it hurt
Well, we ourselves make and create things. But that is not all we do. Making something is not the limit of our capabilities. We can do more than make. We can give and we can love. So can God. And he did! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). That was something infinitely greater than making the stars.
We ourselves can give but we can do even more than that: we can sacrifice. We can give till it hurts, until we actually feel the loss. Can God do that? How can God give till it hurts? How can he make a sacrifice? The Bible tells us that giving does not impoverish him. BUT … but … he did indeed give till it hurt and was impoverished. He gave so sacrificially that it became the greatest sign of love in the world. God the Father gave up his only Son. That definitely hurt.
God could not replace his Son. He could replace anything else but not his only Son. He could make another star, yes, another earth, another universe, and it would cost him nothing; he would lose nothing. But nothing could replace his Son. That Son was everything to God.