Father’s Day doesn’t get much attention. It’s certainly not as big as Mother’s Day. The reason for this is that fathers take very little joy in their children doing things for them in comparison to the joy a father has doing things for his kids. Which is why Father’s Day is usually used having fathers spend money on their family.
Jesus’ prayer in John 17 shows this off quite well. Jesus came to get His gift from the Father! John 17:9 for instance speaks of those the Father has given Him. We are God’s gift to His Son!
Usually when we think of gifts in relation to salvation we think of our gift of grace. Certainly a good deal. But the bigger gift is the presentation of God’s people to His Son, we are His inheritance!
Now, if you want to do something nice for me, do not, I repeat, DO NOT give me people as a gift. No thanks. I’d much rather have ice cream. But this is God’s expression of love for His Son, the greatest thing on earth He can give His Son is pathetic sinners.
O the deep wisdom of God! I wonder if Jesus feels like little boys who get socks and underwear for Christmas. “What? I get Jeff? That’s it?”
Ah but great love is at work. It must make sense somehow. John 17:10 gives the answer, “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.” Jesus gets a good gift because His gifts glorify Him! That’s our job, more or less, and when we do it it brings great, eternal joy.
Believers are a gift the Father gives the Son!