Blog-Open the Glass Case

Pastors Bob and Betty Moede

John 17:24-26: "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou has given Me, be with me where I am,, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou has given Me; for Thou didst love me before the foundations of the world. O righteous Father, although the world has not known Thee, yet I have known Thee; and these have known that Thou didst send Me; 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 human 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 measurable, definable and always marching forward. We have a limited defined beginning and our physical life will have an end. Our spirits will live forever, whether with God I glory or separated from Him depends on our relationship with Jesus. One day time will end. As hard as it is for us to comprehend to end pf 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 Father and Son.

The love between the Father and 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 (Revelation 13:8). Jesus Christ knew before Adam was created that he would willfully turn his back on the 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 sent 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 shame of the cross to spill Jesus' blood as our sacrificial Lamb.

That is how much God wants us to have fellowship with Him. Jesus came and made the name, the character of God known to ma again. He wants a love relationship with us, not a rule book, 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 remember the simple original. The simplicity of walking in the cool evening of 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 h ad been forsaken? I don't think so. The grief 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 the prayer in John 17. Would you like to take that love out of the glass case and examine it, maybe touch and hold it? I can be yours. 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 n and the love He always held for you will be there. No choirs singing, no angel flying. Just a simple knowledge that you are forgiven, you are right before God, and you are loved.