None of us understands God or the Trinity, and perhaps most of all, the Holy Spirit – the part of the Trinity that represents the very power of God.
When Jesus allowed Himself to be baptized by John, the Spirit of God descended on Him like a dove.
After Jesus left them by ascending to heaven, the apostles did what any normal men would do– they gathered, locked the door and basically asked, “Now what do we do?” The Holy Spirit arrived, their doubts were erased, and they went out and faced the world, and even death, fearlessly.
So why would such a great power (actually the Greatest power) appear as a dove? Even more profound, is that some biologists tell us that the dove in the New Testament was the rock dove, or what we today call the common pigeon.
I can’t answer for God, but I remember that when Elijah was told to prepare for God to pass by, He wasn’t in the earthquake, or the fire or the wind. He was in a whisper.
I remember that Jesus the Messiah came not as a king or a warrior, but as the “Lamb of God.” Instead of taking the role of the high priest, He offered Himself as the sacrifice.
So, at least in my heart, the Power of the Holy Spirit comes as a dove because God in whichever way He discloses Himself, Father, Son or Holy Spirit, He comes to us peacefully to invite us even though He has the power and the right to command us.
The next step is up to us.
Three is an interesting number in so many ways. It’s prime. A three sided brace is strong since the angles can’t change unless the lengths of the sides do.
Not to mention the Holy Trinity, the days between Christ’s death and resurrection.
I’ve found that in dealing with things, I have my own trinity.
My emotional self may want to stamp its feet, yell, run around in circles or whatever. It just kind of is, but after it does its thing, the pressure is bled off and I can deal better with things.
My intellectual self wants to think its way through a situation. How do I fix it? What do I do next? What’s Plan B?
Finally, there’s my spiritual self that tries to understand that I don’t understand. That I need to rely on faith as well as logic. My spiritual self realizes that a leap of faith is just that – a leap. Not a small step, but a move to commit your entire self to your belief that God knows what He’s doing and cares for us.
God, in His infinite wisdom gave us these tools so we could face any challenge. I know this because in the Gospels, I see Jesus using all three. He cried at Lazarus’ death and got angry at the money changers in the temple. Much of what He taught is good practical earthly, “street smart” advice. And, of course, His spiritual self dominated everything.
When I’m done dealing with an issue, my spiritual self is usually the one to finish up and put the worries away. Usually with something like:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
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