WEEK 1 – SUNDAY – DECEMBER 3 – BEFORE THE BEGINNING
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
- John 17:1 – 5
The greatest story ever told begins before the beginning. The Bible reveals that before the foundation of this world God eternally existed as three persons united in love. So before the beginning of time there were three: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Not three different gods, but one God eternally existing as three persons united in an unbreakable relationship of love.
The Trinity is not a math problem to solve or an obscure theological category to dismiss. It is the good news that God is love. Forever the Father, the Son, and the Spirit have existed in unity, friendship, and love.
This helps us to see that God’s love is at the foundation of all reality. He didn’t create the world out of need; he created the world out of love. And the world continues to exist today, not because it is so great that is cannot be destroyed, but because the Triune God of love has never taken his eyes off of it. So the great story God is telling in and through his creation is primarily a love story. God eternally exists as three persons united in love. Out of the fullness of love, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit created our world. And then to fully display love, God is now at work redeeming and renewing the world that he loves.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Jesus’ prayer to his Father in John 17: 1 – 5?
What can you do this Christmas season to open your heart to God’s great story of love?