Well, the Olympics are in full swing and I admit that I never knew that there was an event that involved synchronized diving. Apparently, two divers try to mirror each other as they leave the platform and execute complicated dives, trying to stay in tandem and entering the water at the same instant. Since there have already been a number of water related events during this first week of coverage, I confess that I am a little tired of the swimming and diving events and would like to watch something else. But I couldn’t help but notice how much training and effort goes into trying to doing something in sync.
It dawned on me that things are much easier when you only have to worry about your own performance, let alone what someone else is doing, knowing that your score and their score are entwined and one can’t win without the other. It’s kind of like a relay race, only far more difficult, at least in my book.
But it occurred to me as I watched the synchronized dives, that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always in sync. Not just sometimes, but always. Those folks who are relatively new to the faith don’t realize that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are really considered to be the Godhead – that is, collectively they are God – three in one. Or stated another way, they constitute the Triune God – the Trinity.
Now this doesn’t mean that they are three different gods. Nope – one God (notice the capital “G” – who exists in three distinct forms. The best way I can describe it is if you can imagine that you could have ice, water and steam all occupying the same space at the same time. It is all H2O, the molecule that is the essence of ice, water and steam, yet the three things each have their own distinctive make-up. One is a solid, one is a liquid and one is a gas. But it’s all H2O.
And that’s the way it is with God. The people of God were introduced to the Father first – in fact in the Garden of Eden. He eventually led them out of Egypt, going before them as a pillar of fire by night. Next, God sent his Son, Jesus, to live among us in human form, becoming real to us so we had a model of behavior to emulate. Because God Himself, in the form of the Father, was just too magnificent for us to understand from afar. And then, after the resurrection, as Jesus was getting ready to ascend to the Father, Jesus announced that another would take His place. Of course, we now know that Jesus meant the Holy Spirit would take over the ministry and not only be among us, but would live in the naos, or inner temple of the body, of each believer.
When you think about it, we have the Father above and with us, Jesus the Son among us, as a human, and the Holy Spirit actually in us – notice that as God reveals more of Himself to us, our relationship with Him grows physically closer as well. And it’s all the same God. And another thing, the members of the Godhead are never in contradiction with one another. They are always in sync. There is never a time in the Bible when the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not in complete alignment. We are even told by Jesus that He does the will of the Father – and this leads us to believe that there may be a hierarchy within the Trinity.
It would seem that Jesus serves the Father and the Holy Spirit took the place of Jesus when Jesus returned to sit at the hand of the Father in heaven. We also know that there are times when all the members of the Trinity are present together. Such as at the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, and at the creation of the heavens and the earth in the beginning of Genesis.
Whatever the mysteries of the Godhead, they are always in sync. In fact, Jesus lets us know that if you know Him then you know the Father. But perhaps the most telling verse about the the Father and Son appears in the book of John, when Jesus tells us in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” Kind of says it all, doesn’t it? One – perfectly in sync, each time, every time. And the Holy Spirit can be included in that as well.
My encouragement this evening is that God wants you to be in sync with his desires for your life and your actions. That is an awesome feeling – knowing that you are in tune with the Creator. My prayer is that God will guide your steps and that you will always sense what God has in store for you. Because it is so important that you are in sync with God – and remember that He does the work through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…