Genesis 22:2 (NIV) - Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."
The story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his only son is a story of love.
Abraham's love for God.
He trusted God to keep His promises and to provide what was needed. He did not question God's command, he just obeyed. He did not try to reason out why God was asking him to do this, he just trusted.
And it is a story of God's love for us. It is a foreshadowing of His sacrifice.
God's children were in trouble. They were wandering farther and farther away. They were living in darkness and in bondage to sin and death.
Like any good Father whose children are in danger, God was willing to do whatever was necessary to save them.
So He took His Son, His only Son, Jesus, whom He loves, to a mountain and sacrificed Him there to redeem His creation.
In Abraham's story, God provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac.
There was no substitute for Jesus. He died to rescue all humanity from themselves.
But the good news is that Jesus conquered death, rose again and is standing by His Father's side to help us to live for Him and then, when our journey on earth is complete, to welcome us as we step into eternity.
Each of us has our own unique love story to tell. The story of our life as God's child.