God’s Love Revealed
John 17:25 ¶ “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.
John 17:26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus is praying for his followers and in this prayer we can hear and sense his deep love for them all. God’s very nature is holy love and it is in these passages that this is again revealed. Jesus has been sent by the Father and by his incarnation he has revealed the nature of God to the disciples. They are able to see God in the flesh in Christ and this means an embodiment of holy love. God’s love is revealed in Christ.
The Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit make up a community of holy love, one into which you and I are invited. The invitation is extended for us to fellowship with our holy and loving God. In this way the love which exists in God, and revealed in Christ Jesus is extended to you and to me. We may be filled up to the brim with his love, and with Jesus. God’s love is revealed in Jesus and this is to be reflected in you and me as we live and walk in this world.
It’s when I meditate on Scriptures such as this one that I can become overwhelmed by the love of Christ. I can only scratch the surface of understanding what it is that Christ has done for us by coming and living in human flesh. The love of God revealed in this act may be something that we can never, ever truly understand but there are implications for us in our daily lives. Jesus came in human flesh so that God’s nature of holy love could be revealed to us. This revelation becomes an invitation for us to become “partakers of the divine nature.” By becoming “partakers of the divine nature” Christ is in us and Christ is now revealed through us. Just as God's love was revealed in Christ, now, as his followers who are living in him, Christ’s holy love is revealed on a daily basis in you and me.
This is what it means to be God’s sanctified children and it is his plan for all of those who are following him. We are his holy (sanctified) children because of our participation in him. It is his holiness (holy love) which is reflected in us. We are to seek his face on a daily basis for he is transforming us “from glory to glory” until we become the very radiance of God.
The only way this transformation can occur in your life and mine is to soak in God’s holy presence on a regular basis. It is in this place that his love is revealed to us and that we become a reflection of his love to the world around us. We must take the time to sit at the Master’s feet and learn from him. It requires time in prayer and in the Scriptures, and time is precious. But once we learn to quiet ourselves in that place we discover that we are constantly being drawn back because there is no place sweeter than in his holy presence.It is in this place God’s love is revealed and here we experience Christ and his love.
Lord, your love overwhelms me. Thank you. Amen.