John 1:1-2+14: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

The Word was God. (…) The Word became human and made his home among us.” 

Amazing stuff!  God, who has everything and does not need anything, became a human baby in need of everything – food, shelter, clean up.  We get the picture.  Babies die if not attended to.  So God became human and put His life into human hands.  In other words: the Word subjected Himself to the world He previously spoke into being.  Why would God do such a thing?

I believe God went out of His way to bridge the gulf.  God and His creation are not known to be a happily married couple; they look more like an estranged couple.  Even though God created the whole universe, including planet Earth with all its inhabitants, there is a serious disconnection going on between Creator and created.

It all began when the seed of distrust was sown, a long time ago, when the fateful words were spoken: “Did God really say?” Now there is fear, there is misinformation, and there is a lot of superstition.  Death puts the stamp of futility on everything we know.  Nothing stays the same.  Everything comes and goes.  The eternal God on the other hand is untouched by death and seemingly out of touch for us humans.

Then something extraordinary happened:  The Word became human.  The Immortal became mortal; He became one of us.  If this is not bridging the great divide, then what else does?  The God from afar came close, living in the here and now, putting a face to the Great I Am. Looking into His face we see love, and we see glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son: Jesus.

“There He was to everyone’s delight in the middle of the night. What a beautiful wondrous sight!” (Christmas Bolero by Bill & Evelyn Snyder)

Titus 3:4-7: “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

We have a triune God!  This profound insight has been an open secret since the beginning of time, and it is a beautiful testimony that God is not operating as a “Lone Ranger”.  Instead, He chooses to work as a team.

We can discover divine teamwork in the realm of creation. The first chapter of the book of Genesis describes how the Holy Spirit was involved from the get-go:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” 

Hovering over something that was initially formless, empty, and dark, the Holy Spirit went to town – and the magic of transformation began! As the Spirit of God proceeded to cut through dysfunctional chaos, the universe as we know it came into being, and with it our home planet Earth, filled with wonder, color, and beauty.

Reading up on the creation story, we can discern a repeating pattern – the pattern of God speaking and things happening. Following is an inconclusive list of examples, all from the first chapter of Genesis:

  • And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so.
  • “Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.
  • “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.

In John’s gospel Jesus is introduced as the One who made things happen, the One who is ultimately responsible for the resulting: “And it was so” each time God spoke.  God forms a thought, communicates it, and Jesus chips in saying: “Consider it done!” So much so, that Jesus is nick-named “The Word” – because whichever Word comes out of the Father’s mouth, Jesus does it, and He does it very well! Incidentally, we read how Jesus, the Word, was successfully involved in the creation process (John 1:1-3):

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” 

When it comes to saving humans we see the same kind of intricate teamwork between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Paul describes the Trinity’s teamwork to a man named Titus (Titus 3:4-7):

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

We can see a circle of transformation happening, with:

  • The Holy Spirit hovering over humankind creating a new heart within us
  • While the Father graciously extends His welcome by giving us His Son
  • While Jesus advertises the Father’s kindness and love by sacrificing His life to save us.

As a happy result, spiritually dead humans rise up to be spiritually alive humans, ready to do God’s work – if they are so inclined. We are not saved without our consent, but if we believe, wonderful things are bound to happen.

God’s activities are ongoing, and He is inviting us to join His interesting projects. God’s nature is to be productive; and we know that a lot of great things happen when the Trinity is at work. So, here’s to divine team work – taking care of business! Would you like to get involved?

 “And we’ll be taking care of business – every day! Takin’ care of business – every way! We be takin’ care of business – it’s all mine! Takin’care of business and working overtime.” (Randy Bachman)

 

Philippians 4:6-7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One.

Guarding our hearts and conquering our fears in prayer is a worldview. We can either leave God out of the equation managing all issues on our own or we can include the Lord into the equation and address these issues with Him. The choice is ours to make. I have started praying since age 17 when I asked God to introduce Himself to me, and I can testify to the fact that God has taken good care of me.

Over the course of my life the Scriptures have become my lifeline in that they appear to me like corrective lenses through which I can view the Big Three more clearly: God, humanity, and the world; and they help me understand how best to relate to the Big Three. How I love the Bible! The scriptures are many things to me – they are encouraging, uplifting, and a delight to read (my personal favorite is the poetry of the book of Psalms); life is messy as we all know, and the Bible cuts through the confusion helping us make informed decisions. In that vein, Psalm 119 (longest Psalm of the Bible) clearly resonates with me when it says (Psalm 119:103): “How sweet your Words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.”

The Bible is so much more than mere accumulation of letters forming into words – because God Himself testified that He is the Word. So, we find God in His Word.  In John’s Prologue to his gospel records we read:

John 1:1: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Jesus is the Word made human. In the same chapter of John’s gospel we read:

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

God communicates. God breathes His Spirit through His Word. God’s Word brings life. God spoke the universe into existence and He also speaks life over our dead human spirit. He wants to revive us. All we need to do is receive His amazing Word.

In closing I am posting one of the songs Bill and I have written and recorded. The song is taken out of Psalm 119, delivered in French and translated means:

Psalm 119, 105+112+114+116: Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.  I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.  You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed.

Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.”

Yesterday I started blogging about a Bible verse; today I started connecting with people doing the same.  While this might be a way to spread God’s Word (by blogging about it), I see in Psalm 19 an example of proclaiming God’s glory without the use of words.  This reveals that communication is not always based on language, and that there are more languages to the universe than the language that comes out of our mouth.

A voiceless language can be just as effective.  Great examples of silent but powerful witnesses are the skies God created.  What do we see when looking up to the skies?  The first thing that comes to my mind is “limitless”.  We know that phrase: “The sky’s the limit”, which means that there is practically no limit.  Neither does God’s power know any boundaries or limitations!

This is just one little example of how creation speaks of God and continues to do so, day after day!

“Dear Heavenly Father, Your thumbprints are all over creation.  I enjoy the fruit of Your labor, the mountains You have formed, the animals You have created, the sounds of the birds in the sky, the fragrance of flowers and herbs on the ground….if seeing is believing, I can say that I see You everywhere in the outdoors, and I like what I see!  I love You.”