The Trinity. How is one to understand it, all? Three persons in one, we are told. Most unusual. We accept God the Father, more readily, and yet He is the most obscure of the Three. How does one get their hands around a total spirit?
Have you ever considered God not in the classic, religious way but in a ordinary, generic fashion? Seeing Him through a new prism can sometimes shed glorious light!
He “is” and He beckons us to Him --- like a spiritual gravity. Uniquely, in the midst, love is required. A climate of repentance and forgiveness, on our part. Only then, are we made whole. There are no shortcuts – no other way – just a willing heart.
In harmony, with Him, our life blossoms! Apart from Him it crumbles. The choice is ours. He is the author of all that’s around us and even within us ---- that’s awesome! No one equals God or even comes close; no one except His Son, Jesus. He and the Father are ONE.
In our materially oriented society, is it any wonder that we needed someone real, tangible, believable to validate this invisible Father? And so, He came in a person, God’s Son … both human and divine. When you grasp how often a father’s traits reflect onto his children, then you realize that Jesus is, indeed, “a chip off the old block.” The second person of the Trinity.
“You belong to this world here below, but I came from above,” Jesus professed. “… before Abraham was born, I am.” Such words! So amazing! Quite and assertion to make! Then, seeing a fallen world around Him, He cautioned: “… die to your sins. Repent and live!”
This wasn’t intended to be religious, because it isn’t --- it’s gut real. Jesus came not to rule but to guide us. He knew our position; He’d been there. Loneliness and despair were His. He advised straightforwardly: “Repent. Sin no more.” On bended knee, before our Father, we are to express our wrong and be healed. Jesus, Himself, had no wrong, and still how often He withdrew into the wilderness to be close with His Father, in prayer.
With God, sin has no place; it cannot be. And so, He bridged this dilemma of ours: we, the fallen, separated from Him, needed to find our way back. He rescued us. He masterminded an extraordinary plan: He placed His own, dear Son on the cross. He, the blameless One, suffered and died for us and paid the price for all sin. His was an example of such love! God thought we were worth it.
Nothing was left to chance; it’s all there. The question is: what will we do? On one side is strife, the other life --- the choice is ours. Our Father has no guile or programmed agenda --- it’s in our hands. His love, is our free will.
Something of His good, resides in us. Something that changes not only us but those around us. We glimpse of His love in yet another way; a third entity --- His Holy Spirit, within us. We too can evolve and sparkle into His likeness! We’ve seen His good in others and we’re drawn to it. Through this goodness and light, it is said: “… we have entertained angels unawares!”
Our journey is mapped out for us. It’s not to trudge onward blindly, but to walk by faith. To believe the unbelievable in our soul! To drop our bossiness and yield with kindness. It’s willfulness that keeps us broken and in the shadows.
And so, we’re blessed with the Trinity … the Holy Family. The Father, the Son, and God’s goodness, His Spirit, that longs to dwell within us. Such love has no measure!
Christmastime offers a sharp contrast: the ills of this world and the gift of a baby in a manger. This little One, did it all. He “is” the hope for the world!