TRUST THE TRINITY WITH YOUR DESTINY…BECAUSE JESUS DID, TOO!
I believe that as a baby, Jesus wasn’t born with the knowledge that He was the Son of God. Joseph and Mary, being humble and obedient servants of God, at one point or on various occasions, likely told Jesus about the unique events that surrounded His birth—the visit of Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:38); the Spirit-inspired greeting of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, to Mary when Mary visited her (Luke 1:39-45); Joseph’s dreams (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-15); the Star that travelled from the east and brought the magi to them in the manger (Matthew 2:1-2; 9-11); the visit of shepherds who were led to them by a choir of angels (Luke 2:8-20); the prophecies of Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38); and finally, the killing of the newborns-to-two-year olds by Herod (Matthew 2:16-18). These were stories probably passed to Him from His earthly parents, but the revelation of Who He was, as God, likely came gradually over time from God Himself. This is denoted in the story of His first journey to Jerusalem as a twelve-year old when He stayed behind to talk with the teachers of the Law. Scripture records that, “…[His parents] found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding (revelation) and answers” (Luke 2:46-47, paraphrase, parentheses, and emphasis mine)—understanding speaks of revelation; it is the type of wisdom that unveils mysteries or the true meanings behind mysteries, such as was given to Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon, to interpret dreams. The fullness of Jesus’s wisdom wasn’t given at once, it multiplied as His knowledge of God increased until the day in faith, He realized and acknowledged through revelation from the Holy Spirit that He was the Messiah promised by God and spoken of by the prophets. While it was never mentioned at what point Jesus received the revelation that He wasn’t just the Son of God, but God Himself with the fullness of the Godhead in Him (Colossians 2:9), clearly, at this point, He’d started to receive the revelation in growing measures as shown in His words, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business? But they did not understand the statement that He spoke to them” (Luke 2:49-50, emphasis mine). His knowledge of who He was had already surpassed what they’d supplied Him through the stories. And this wisdom and revelation continued to grow as noted in v.52, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men” (emphasis mine)—wherever there is an increase, then prior to that increase was a lesser measure. Also, another part records, “And the Child grew and became strong in Spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him” (Luke 2:40). In other words, it is as He grew that He became strong in Spirit and filled with wisdom because the grace of God was upon Him.
As a side note, what is most worthy of mention is, after the realization of Who He was, “He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them…” (v.51, emphasis mine). Why would Scripture at this point mention that “He went down with them…and was subject to them” as though for that particular scenario, it was something out of the ordinary, unbelievable or something worth noting? Is it possible that it was during this visit that Jesus first got the revelation of His “Godship”? After all, if He’d always known, then submitting to them even after Jerusalem would be nothing new…just same old, same old, right? Knowing that Scripture is never out of order, but that there is a reason for every word, as well as where it is situated (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Revelations 22:18-19), why this particular mention at this point of Jesus’s story? Otherwise, His words to His earthly parents about going about His “Father’s business” shouldn’t have sounded so strange if He’d been acknowledging God as His Father prior to that time—but this showed differently in this text, “they did not understand the statement that He spoke to them” (v.50). Instead, Scripture goes on to display that Mary was probably so surprised by that statement that, “… [She] kept all these things in her heart” (v.51, paraphrased). If the above is true, then it makes sense why Scripture will go on to mention that “He went down with them…and was subject to them.” Paraphrased, it would go something like this, “even after realizing that He was God, in humility He still went down with them and submitted to them…and so grew in wisdom, stature and favor with God and with men” (emphasis to reflect the additions of the paraphrase).
So what is worthy of mention here?
His humility to submit to human parents despite the received revelation!
Back to the topic.
In light of the above, it begs the question, what in the world (or in the heavens, as the case was) would make the second person of the Godhead come down to earth like this (that is, without knowledge of Himself) with the absolute certainty that He would never miss His way, but make it back to the Father, even while being aware of the risk that in human form, He may lose His way? After all, if there was no risk, then Scripture wouldn’t have labelled what transpired in the desert after His baptism as “temptation,” for temptation denotes a desire (because of His human form) that is different from the will of God and may seduce you to go against God’s will, otherwise it wouldn’t be called temptation. This same temptation reared its ugly head when Jesus, in agony, asked that the cup be taken away from Him; “…nevertheless, not My will, but Your will be done” (Luke 22:42, emphasis mine). In other words, His will at that moment (and not His overall desire to please the Father) was different from His Father’s. But in all these things, He overcame, hence the reason Scripture records that we have a High Priest who understands our frail form, because, He, too, faced the same things that we do (Hebrews 4:15), seeing as He likely came in a form that is without knowledge of Himself so that it wouldn’t take away from the full and complete human experience of being on earth. If the above is true, then Jesus sacrificed for our salvation a whole lot more than we could possibly realize…which from this point of view, is pretty breath-taking!
Despite the above-mentioned risk, He came. Why?
What gave the second person of the Trinity such astounding confidence that He would make it back to heaven untainted as God and absolutely victorious?
He trusted His Father and the Holy Spirit to bring to pass His earthly destiny and deliver Him home safely. And we can do the same.
Jesus prayed frequently to the Father and was led by the Holy Spirit throughout His ministry on earth. He would obey in faith, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, what Scripture said about Him, and the Father would confirm His path by revealing Himself, as was seen when Jesus, in faith, submitted to being baptized by John the Baptist. As a sign of His obedience, the Holy Spirit was seen descending upon Jesus as a dove, and the Father said the words, “This My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” This was also seen when, after His baptism, the Holy Spirit led Him to the desert to be tempted—after He had fasted and prayed to the Father (Matthew 4:1). He depended on His Father for the supply of strength as seen after the temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:11), and after His prayer of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). What this denotes is that, Jesus chose to come in a form where He couldn’t be victorious without the help of the Father and the Spirit (Philippians 5-8). Only deep trust within the community of the Trinity would inspire Jesus to believe that He could make it back. And Jesus declared this Himself when He said, “I will put My trust in Him” (Hebrews 2:13). He believed His Father’s Word concerning His destiny (Hebrews 1:8-13; Hebrews 7:20-21) so much so that He declared God’s Name and praise to men (Hebrews 2:12-13). Jesus so trusted the Word of God delivered to Him, which the Father gave Him the authority to speak, (John 12:49-50; 14:10-11; 28-31; 7:16-18; 8:42), that, He said to His followers, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33, emphasis mine). And He believed this because He knows the character of the Father, which is “faithful”, as expressed in Scripture, “So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but will accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11; 8-13, emphasis mine), and also, “Many are the plans that are in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail” (Proverbs 19:21). God sent Jesus to be subject to death—the enemy of life—for a moment, but promised Him victory as seen in His prophecy through David, “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption” (Psalm 16:10). Jesus trusted that the Father would not let His body see decay, but that the Father would not only raise Him up from the dead, but would restore Him as God, and give Him a Name that is above any other name (John 14:13-14; Philippians 2:5-11). And God fulfilled His Word to Jesus, even granting Him victory over death for all of us too (Ephesians 1:19-22; Colossians 2:11-15; Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 2:13).
This trust was further displayed in the final moments of Jesus with His disciples when He prayed for them in their hearing, committing them into the Father’s hand, and believing with complete trust that the disciples whom the Father had given Him (except the one destined for perdition), as well as everyone else who would come to believe, would never be lost, even though He had to leave them behind, and that the Father, through the work of the Holy Spirit, would bring to fruition all the work that He’d done on the earth (John 17:1-26).
So if Jesus trusted the Trinity with His earthly destiny, why can’t we? [God] is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8, paraphrased). And He is not man that He would lie to you or change His mind about His Word given to you personally or in secret. He will make good on His Word and bring to pass all His promises to you (Numbers 23:19), and fulfill the desires He put on your heart (Psalm 37:4), so that whatever you ask in His will, He will hear you and grant it to you (1 John 5:14-15), even when it seems time has passed for that desire to be made possible, as He did for Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 21:1-7), and Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John, the Baptist (Luke 1:13-14; 36-37); hear the words of Elizabeth’s prophecy to Mary, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
God knew you before you were even formed and ordained you for your destiny (Jeremiah 1:5); He has written your story in His book start to finish (Psalm 139:15-16), just as He wrote Jesus’s and enabled Him to accomplish it (Hebrews 10:5-7). Nothing about your life, as chaotic as it may seem, is random, and as long as you choose to remain in His will, despite your many plans that may distract you for a while, and even when sometimes (that is, it doesn’t apply in all scenarios) you are unfaithful or faithless, He is able to redeem you and is faithful to make sure His purpose and destiny for you don’t fail (Proverbs 19:22; Isaiah 55:11; Luke 1:18-20), because He is faithful to Himself and His Word (1 Timothy 2:13).
So, trust God’s Word today. Trust what God has told you about your destiny. Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, step by step, faith by faith, doing what He has placed right in front of you, and in faith, hope, love and trust, bear the marks of the cross—whatever that may present for you at the moment; Jesus promised that the Spirit has been given to comfort and teach you all things and tell you many things to come, including what Jesus has told Him concerning you (John 14:25-26; 16:12-15); following the Holy Spirit’s leadership is the way to stay blessed. So, yes. Trust the Trinity. They will never fail you, because, they, after all, never failed Jesus!
About The Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, & a Mogul Global Ambassador. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.
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