1997-12-11 - Open the Glass Case
The Cross Series, Part 20
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus
John 17:24-26 Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou didst love Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, although the world has not known Thee, yet I have known Thee; and these have known that Thou didst send Me; 26 and I have made Thy name known to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them.
The relationship of the Trinity is something that we finite beings can only pick at clues that we can find. Three distinct personalities in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in one infinite unit. We are shown flashes of the infinite depth and power of the Trinity, and even then we only begin to see parts of what we are given.
We live in time and space. Time is a point of reference for us. It is sequential, measurable, definable and yet relentlessly marching forward. We have a finite, defined beginning and our physical life will have an end. Our spirits will live forever, whether with God in glory or separated from Him depends on our relationship with Jesus. One day time will end. We say it rather glibly, as though we could begin to imagine life without the structure of time surrounding us. As hard as it is for us to comprehend the end of time, the Trinity existed before time began. The Creator of the universe, created time and set it in motion. Here we are allowed a glimpse into the intimate relationship between the Father and the Son.
The love between the Father and the Son is placed in a glass case for us to examine. The Trinity worked out a plan for us to be reunited with the Godhead, before we were created (Rev 13:8). Jesus Christ knew before Adam was created that he would willfully turn his back on his Creator. The Father knew that one-third of the angels would follow Lucifer in his rebellion and pride and be cast out of Heaven. It was no accident. Do we surprise Him when we sin? No, He knew we would do that before time was set in motion, long before He knit us in our mother's womb. The relationship between the Father and Son has been perfect and uninterrupted since eternity past. Can we begin to comprehend that? And the Father cared enough for us that He would submit His Son to the riggers of the cross to spill Jesus' blood as our sacrificial Lamb.
That is how much God wants us to have fellowship with Him. He would permit and interruption in that relationship with the Son. Jesus came and made the name, the character of God known to man again. He wants a love relationship with us, not a rulebook or code of law. The world no longer knew Who God was. We had so gold plated and jewel encrusted the relationship that we could no longer recall the simple original. The simplicity of walking in the cool of the evening in the Garden.
Was the love interrupted when Jesus was on the cross? Was there a moment when the Father could not love the Son when Jesus asked if He had been forsaken? I don't think so. The abhorrence of sin has never made the Father not love us. His love is displayed for us to see in Jesus' life and at the end of this prayer. Would you like to take that love out of the glass case and examine it, perhaps touch and hold it? What if I told you it could be yours too? It already is, if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you don't know Him, He stands at the door of your life and heart knocking. Let Him in and the love He has always held for you will be there. No choirs singing, or angels flying about. Just a simple knowledge that you are forgiven, you are right before God, and you are loved.
Lord Jesus, you returned to us what we needed to know about Your Father. It was reflected in Your life and actions as You walked with us and died for us. The simple things like the love of the Father for our fallen race was made known at every turn. Help us to continue to tell the world about that love, the mercy and grace of God. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.