The communal reality that God hopes for creation is shown even in the way God has decided to explain itself to us.
Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
I would submit that in our present day you could also express that;
Mother, Daughter, Holy Spirit.
Father’s Day being Sunday and all, I’ll use the former wording today.
Jesus Christ as the son of God along with the assertion that He is equal to God really gets people uptight. In fact, entire religions usually rise and fall at this point. Many say that yes – Jesus existed, Jesus was a prophet, yes Jesus was unique in history – but equal to the unseen God of creation?
No, no, no, no, no.
Maybe that is also how your religion works. The moral code of you. The Church of Barbara. The Divine House of Thomas. The Holy and Apostolic Church of Zena.
Apart from God and one another, we construct our realities. We like it that way. We’re really good at it.
I spend my days worshipping at an altar fashioned in my own image more often than not.
Jesus has been referred to as a stumbling block. Something put in the path that knocks you down and makes you yell out a few cuss words as you catch yourself on your palms.
The claim of equality really trips people up.
“Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” – John 14:9
Most men are decent fathers. Some are bad at it. Others just fail spectacularly. But there is something about the relationship between a father and son that is intrinsically difficult.
Father always gets so much credit as if being a father is and of itself superior to a son, but I want to say that without a child – there is no parental title. Interdependence is essential.
Father is father because of son.
The struggle that father and Son fight out together through their years to rise into their identity as men is also essential. There is a level of respect and dominance and nuance and submission between Father and son that has to be fine-tuned with one another.
They see themselves in the other’s eyes and it is a wild, precious equality that there is no real word for.
There is no love without the relinquishing of position.
It was also said of Jesus that he didn’t regard equality with God as something to be held onto, to be held over us, to be exploited – but rather he laid it down.
To be with us.
Who did he learn that from? Who loved him so well?
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15
It was taught to him by his dad.
A proud father, happy to have everyone point to the accomplishments of his son as the greatest glory he could receive.