When you look, paradoxes are everywhere. Water is one substance yet it is also steam, ice and fluid. Energy seems to be waves and particles at the same time. I am a father, a son and a friend, yet I am one person. You may be a manager, an employee and a colleague simultaneously.
They are not complete mysteries but we live with them every day. Look inside yourself and you will find many characters and one at the same time.
So the Son of Man reveals that God is Father, Son and Spirit, three yet one; one yet three. So he says, “I am not alone”.
Go back to the account of creation and you find “Let us make mankind in our own image”, of course religions argue about this, but the starting point is not at creation, it is with these words of the Son of Man. You believe in the Trinity or Triune God because the Son has revealed it so.
Yet the same Son is both human and divine. Here you can glimpse into his mission. He came to make it possible for you as a human to come into the dynamic of the divine. He invites you to call God, Father, to become a child of God and to be filled with the Spirit.
Perhaps you can now see that the Son of Man’s work was to transform three-in-one to four-in-one. Put like that it is quite startling but that is at the heart of his work. The price is immeasurably high, consisting of a cross and a death.
When you keep looking you can see why the call to you is also to be crucified with him, so your humanity can be connected to the Trinity.
But it also gives you a purpose each day. Your purpose is to work as if you are working for the Father, in the name of the Son through the power of the Spirit, taking up your cross daily and inviting others to join.
Everything you do is part of the expression of your position and your invitation to others – everything. So when you think about your job specification it has a top and bottom line. The top line is to express the wonder of the Trinity. The bottom line is to invite others to join.
DOES THAT NOT CHANGE EVERYTHING?
13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
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