Do you ever read verses where Jesus is speaking and you’re reading along just fine, but then within the span of one sentence, you are completely lost? This happens to me so often. You know… it’s times like when Jesus starts talking in the “first person trinity” that the verse(s) become confusing. We don’t even have a scope for this tense.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” Jn 13:20
me – Jesus
the one I send – Holy Spirit
the one who sent me – Father
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Jn 13:32
Chapters 13 through 17 of John are riddled with these references. It’s almost as if language and grammar is evading Jesus as He pours out His heart in His final hours. But it happens often. There are times when he refers to multiple things interchangeably or God help us–as one: Past, Present, Future. Here, There (Heaven/Earth).
Oh! How was it to see life through His eyes? Fully God but fully man. It seems for Him, by His words, that these separate realities are all happening at once. They are altogether one but separate somehow. The mystery of the Trinity evades us. It is a wisdom higher than ours. But Jesus walked with FULL understanding. Can you imagine? I always picture that scene from the Matrix where Neo sees the code all around him. (and then jumps into the agents and detroys them. Yess!! Love that movie… Anyway). What was it like for Jesus to see life and this world through the lense of full comprehension of all mysteries?
I pray that as He tries to express divinity through words that my feeble wisdom can grasp just a shadow of the greatness of this mystery.
Spirit of Truth, lead us in truth that goes beyond our comprehension, beyond our simple language and grammar. Open up the mystery of God, Father, Spirit, Son to us.