Rev. Greg Haseloff – “Obedience, Love, and the Trinity”
“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.’” – John 14:22-23
What a great question to be asked. It is an enduring question that pours from lips and hearts today just as it did in this first century passage. “God, how will You show yourself? When will You speak? Where will we see You? How will it happen?”
And Jesus appears to imply these two things in His response: He will be revealed through presence and indwelling. Second, Jesus will reveal Himself through the Father’s love being shown to those who keep His word.
In an age where our frenetic pace can keep us from spaces where we meet God and receive divine courage, let us be challenged by Winston Churchill’s wisdom: “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.”
From the days that God’s goodness is so pervasive that we take it for granted to the days that we are desperately searching for God’s presence, John 14 illustrates powerfully the connection of Scripture, God’s love, and Trinitarian indwelling. The person who loves Jesus is one who keeps the words of Scripture. By loving God’s Son a person is loved by the Father. God in Three– Father, Son and Holy Spirit–come and occupy the life of the person who loves Jesus. The simple practice of keeping His word not only connects us to the Father’s love–our lives become a dwelling place of His love.
- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Campus Chaplain