One of the most wonderful sounds I ever heard was coming home and hearing someone shout, “Daddy’s home” and to hear the thunder of small feet running to me. The sheer joy of loving and being loved surpasses all other human emotions. How very empty it would have been had I insisted or commanded such behavior. Love is only love when it pours spontaneously from a willing heart.
Revelation 4:11 is the reason why we are. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” God being God could have created a world without free will or the possibility to choose evil. He could have programmed us to daily give Him praise. We would never have known there was any other option. But He would know. The praise would be empty and joyless. Love would not truly exist. When He made us and our world He made the best of all possibilities.
The heartbreak and horror of hatred and disloyalty that arose could not be allowed to eternally ruin what can be so good, so pure and so excellent. And so John 3:16. Jesus was the full expression of the Father. We needed to know the ideal. We needed to know what was intended and what will be again someday. Love needed a way for us to be a part of that future. And so Hebrews 1:2 “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”