John 12:37-50, Psalm 13
John reiterates Jesus’ purpose is not to condemn the world but to save the world. In fact, Jesus claims that Judgement ultimately belongs to the Father. That doesn’t mean Jesus and His teachings can be taken lightly. In fact, the Father’s judgement really will boil down to whether or not we receive Jesus and His teachings (John 12:48). Jesus also doubles down on the teaching that to witness Jesus is to see the Father “who sent me”. What could that mean but that when we behold Jesus, we absolutely are gazing at God? Though Jesus preserves the distinctions between the two of them, for He speaks of the Father and Himself, we also see that Jesus constantly talks of their oneness. For as long as I can remember, people have treated discussions on the Trinity and the oneness of God as too difficult or not important enough to teach extensively. Some even deny it with little repercussion for their ministry, to our great shame. If we take Jesus’ own words as a cue for what we should discuss, emphasize, and seek to understand, we must take seriously the work of grasping that He and the Father are one, yet different. Out of that understanding comes a world of riches for the follower of Christ to recognize. For out of that relationship we can begin to understand a great deal about what it means to be God’s image-bearers (anthropology), God’s eternal character (theology), why God wishes to save us (missiology), and how God is saving us (soteriology). The truths of the Trinity genuinely transform everything we believe and do. To that end, I encourage you, if this seems to difficult for you, pray for understanding. If you think it is unimportant, ask for forgiveness then follow Jesus’ direction in grasping the importance of understanding the eternal Father-Son relationship.