Here is Bert le Clos, the proud father of South African swimmer Chad le Clos (best version here). After Chad’s gold, Bert was interviewed and could not contain himself:
“Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Look at him, he’s beautiful, I love you!”
Sounds just like the Father’s love for Jesus: “Behold my Servant whom I uphold, my Chosen One in whom is all my delight.” (Isaiah 42:1).
Eternity has been filled with the love of Father for Son. That is the life of God, the life of heaven. But then, something truly astonishing: heaven comes to earth in the Person of Jesus and as He prays in John 17 about His people, He says:
“Let the world know that you… have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world… the love you have for me [will] be in themand… I myself [will] be in them.” (John 17:23-26)
Believers in Jesus come in on this family affair – included in the glorious and overflowing love of the Father for His Son. No wonder Bert le Clos said he felt like “he’d gone to heaven.” He’s given us a snapshot of it – a heaven we enjoy now through Jesus.