God, three in one—Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit. He—they—epitomize community. Rich, complete, connection. Nothing is missing. They are never lonely. Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit each uniquely themselves and each uniquely One and the same. There is no enmity between them. There is no resentment. There is no competition. There is no one-upmanship. There is no indifference. There is joy. There is unity. And there is love. He is Love, and they enjoy perfect love. The very kind of love we dream about and long for.
And here—and always—they invite us into that kind of community, into their tight-knit, perfect community. They want us to be in relationship with them, too. It’s not just for them. That kind of connection. That kind of perfect love is available to us too . . . if we want it.
Jennifer and I appreciate John Piper’s description of God’s love. “What a love that is! There is no greater love in all the universe than the love flowing between the Father and the Son in the Holy Trinity. No love is more powerful, more intense, more continuous, more pure, more full of delight in the Beloved than the love God the Father has for the Son. It is an energy of joy that makes atom bombs look like firecrackers. O, how the Father delights in the Son! O, how precious the Son is to the Father!“
Think about that kind of love for a moment. Try to get your mind around it.
Now, let this go deep into your heart. God loves you with the exact same kind of love. It’s no different. Scripture says so. Jesus says so in John chapter 17, verse 23. Talking to His heavenly dad, Jesus says,
“You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for me.”
God’s love for you is immense. It’s as mind-boggling as the love He has for Jesus. And what’s more, God knowingly, willingly, intentionally sent His beloved boy to suffer horribly, physically, to take on all the sins of the world, and to die . . . for you. Because He loves you that much. He sent His beloved son, sacrificially, so that neither of them would have to spend one minute of eternity (or one more minute of this life) without you. And that’s not all, he loves you so much, He even put His spirit inside you—to live inside your very being.
Don’t miss this amazing episode: “The Community of Coming Home: Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit.”