Updated: Feb 24
Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon January 2 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:16-17 In this passage, we see a perfect picture of the Trinity — the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus the Son as the voice of the Father is heard.
Why is the Trinity such an important concept? This is a question with which I struggled for many years. ‘Lord, why didn’t You avoid this confusing Trinity concept altogether?’ I asked. ‘We are accused of being polytheistic. We’re confused in our prayers. We get all tangled up. Why didn’t You keep it simple — just You — just One?’
In recent years, however, I have come into this understanding of the Trinity, which, for me personally, has made all the difference:
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit dwelled together in ages past — a billion years before years even began — perfectly content. The Father loved the Son. The Son honored the Father. The Spirit was for the Son and from the Father. The three of Them dwelt together in complete harmony, in total satisfaction. They are, and always will be, family — but They’re only One.
This means God didn’t need me. He went through billions and zillions of years without man, and you know what? He got along just fine.
God loves you immensely. He loves you so much He gave His only Son to die and plunge into hell in order to redeem you. He’s completely and totally in love with you — but He doesn’t need you because He’s absolutely fulfilled in and of Himself. And that takes all of the pressure off because when love is demanding it isn’t love.
When love is not a Trinitarian kind of love, it can become smothering and restrictive. It causes tension and anxieties. It causes one to feel caged in, cooped up, or put down; jealous or envious; used or abused.
Many of us erroneously picture God wringing His hands, pacing the clouds, worried about whether or not we’re going to love Him in return. He’s not. He’s doing just fine. He’s very happy, totally fulfilled, perfectly content. Yet He is so magnanimous and expansive that He has chosen to create us, love us, and say to us, ‘Come unto Me and I will give you rest’ (see Matthew 11:28). His request is not a demand nor a need. It is an invitation.
Never forget that there is One Who loves you Who is not uptight about you, or burdensome to you. And may the mystery of the Trinity give you rest in your relationship with Him.