SERIES INTRO: One divine melody permeates the grand narrative of redemptive history. In this series, Jeremy guides us through the main episodes of the biblical narrative with “ears to hear” the penetrating God-beat keeping everything in sync. Leave the dissonance of the world and join the Dance of the Trinity as we catch a glimpse of a life lived in tune with God.
“In the beginning was the Word (logos)…” We’re all familiar with the hauntingly beautiful yet strange and mysterious beginning of John’s Gospel where he describes the mystery of the incarnation. Jesus, the Son, here called “the Word” is in the beginning “with God” and, in some shocking sense, “is God.” John is peering back into the mysteries of the ages and painting a portrait of the God who exists as a “being in community”, the Holy Trinity — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Curious teenagers just beginning to wrestle with the idea of God often raise the question, “What did the eternal, always existing God do before He created the universe? I mean, what a boring existence!” While we cannot be too cavalier in our speculation on such matters, I believe thebest answer to the question is to merely say, “God danced.” Yes, God is always dancing.
The early church probed deeply into the inner realities of the trinitarian life and used the word perichoresis to describe the “dance of mutual indwelling.” For all of time and before time as we know it came into being,
“The Father, Son and Spirit have lived in an eternal, joyful, vibrant dance of love and honor, rhythm and harmony, grace and beauty, giving and receiving” (McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus, 147).
Careful readers of the Bible understand that love is not just something God does, love is the essence of who God is — “God is love.” What was there before God brought the world into existence? Please scrap your images of a lonely God hovering over a dark silent abyss, bored and looking for something to do. The universe did not spring into existence in order to give God something to do; rather, the universe was created to give further expression to the rich, vibrant, society of love and creativity that already existed within the trinitarian community of the Godhead.
The greatest joys of life are meant to be shared with an ever increasing number of participants. “The more, the merrier” may be one of the oldest, greatest truths of the universe. The irresistible Dance of the Trinity, full of life and joy, overflowing with love and goodness, could not contain itself and it was only a matter of time before God expanded the scope of the dance and extended the guest list. In the beginning God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – danced in perfect step with one another. In the beginning was perfect rhythm and harmony.
What then of the logos? The Greek philosophical concept of the “logos” came to refer to the source and fundamental order of the cosmos; the DNA of the universe; or the divine mind or reason that guides, organizes and gives purpose and meaning to everything. The Bible gives the divine mind a name – Jesus Christ – who together in concert with the Father and the Spirit composed together the divine opus, the masterpiece of the ages, the soundtrack that makes all things dance in perfect rhythm with the Triune God.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Col 1:15-16).
In summary, before we even reach Genesis 1:1 we have heard the opening notes of the Father’s Song. Each measure, every perfectly struck note, each beautiful melody springs forth from the perfect harmony of inter-relational love and mutual giving and receiving — the Dance — shared among the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father’s Song had no beginning and will have no end. The song abides within the Godhead and cannot be separated from Him. On the other hand, the Father’s Song can be shared with those outside the Godhead. “The more, the merrier.” We’ll save that part of the song for next time.
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