From Maurice

My favorite thing to see at weddings is the look shared between a bride and a groom, their eyes shining with love and joy. Or have you seen a baby’s face light up with a “look of love” at mom or dad? Have you ever seen someone striding out on stage into the spotlight to thunderous applause, their face bursting with pride? Have you ever watched a movie about a hero who wins the day and returns home to adoring throngs? Have you seen athletes enthusiastically exult in one another after a successful play? These moments, these visions of glory, are but tiny shadows, pale reflections of the mutual admiration shared within the Trinity.

Before time began, Father, Son, and Spirit delighted in each other with no pretense and no shame. They eternally gave glory to each other; they reveled in each other, praising each other and unabashedly admiring each other. They were perpetually impressed with each other. Jesus remembered this glory and asked the Father for it again: “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (John 17:5). Later in that same prayer, He referred to “my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world” (v. 24).

Doesn’t your heart ache for that? Don’t you want to rest comfortably in the embrace of eternal intimacy and admiration? Jesus tells us something amazing:

“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.” (John 17:22 ESV)

Why did God create us? To share the goodness of the Trinity with us. The universe exists that His abundant grace may overflow into it. Everything in the whole cosmos exists because God desires to share His relationship.

Think about it: God does not need you. But He is a radical giver, so He made you; He made you so that He could share the mutual admiration (“the glory that you have given me I have given to them”) and intimacy of the Trinity (“that they may be one as we are one”) with you.

QUESTIONS TO ASK EACH OTHER:

  1. How does this week’s Fighter Verse make you feel about God?
  2. When we acknowledge that relationship is the ultimate goal of everything (the reason for “life, the universe, and everything”) — from music to marriage and cats to churches — how should that impact how we conduct our lives?
  3. How does our relationship reflect the relationship within the Trinity even now?
  4. What are some ways that our relationship falls short of the Trinity?

QUESTIONS TO ASK CHILDREN:

  1. Think about a time when a friend or sibling did something really cool. How did you show your admiration for them?
  2. The Father and Jesus admire each other even more than that. But then, even though we don’t deserve it, Jesus now offers to give us the same admiration they had for each other! How does that make you feel?
  3. We should praise each other just as the Father and the Son praise each other. What are some genuine compliments you could give each other this week?
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