“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
~ John 14:18 - 24
It's been two days since the Lord has risen. About now the Disciples have to be looking at one another, and perhaps pinching each other to see if this is real, and Jesus begins telling them that He is never going to fully leave them ever again.
If I were in their sandals, I really don't know what I would be thinking at this point. Relief? Amazement? Worry for self? Going crazy?
Seriously, have you considered what you would be thinking had you been part of the group that had walked with him, watched him die, and now... THIS!
It's not that this is even a test of faith. Faith has always been believing in something that you cannot see. The Disciples are not just seeing, but they are eating with him, talking with him, and learning from him.
Jesus begins to expand his conversations, and talk more of God and now the Holy Spirit.
As a youth pastor years ago, it was always a challenge for me, and perhaps even as an adult now, to fully explain how the Trinity exists. The Easter Egg from Sunday morning is still a great illustration. Eggs are made up of a yolk, the white part, and the shell. Although each are different, they are part of the same egg. It is what makes the egg complete.
Years later it still makes me stop and think, "Did I just explain the the Trinity like an egg off the shelf?"
While we may not fully understand the relationship, the understanding that God is many things, Parent, Child and Holy Spirit, helps to remind us that we have a God that is focused on making sure that God is not just relational in some way to and for each of us, but that we also experience God in many ways. While people cannot be all things to all people, we serve a God who is all things for every person!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, in Your effort to reach out to humanity, You have reached out to us in many ways. May we embrace Your presence and learn what it is that You desire for each of us. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.