As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9 (NIV)

No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Luke 10:22 (NIV)

 

Previously (Circle of Love) we delved into the mystery behind Jesus’ words, “As the Father has loved me”, and found that God, who alone exists eternally, never exists alone. The Divine Being is eternally Triune, consisting of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three divine persons exist in an eternal relationship of perfect love and harmony. God is a Triune circle of endless love.

If human beings are made in that image, we should find circles of love within our nature and in our lives—and so it is. Jesus began John 15:9, “As the Father loves me”, then adds, “so I have loved you.”

Here’s a new circle of love, emanating from the Son and encompassing humanity. Now we have two linked circles of love. The point of connection between the two circles, the element which exists in both circles, linking them together—is Jesus, the Son of God.

Through the Son, the love of God full and entire, belongs to each person who surrenders in faith to Jesus Christ. Since Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, Jesus is the only point of contact between God’s love and humanity. As Jesus himself put it in Luke 10:22, “no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”.

The Father’s love can connect with humanity only through his Son. Without Jesus there can be no contact between a human soul and the love of God. The Gospel message is that God desires to share his love; in fact he created us for the purpose of receiving it! The Father sent the Son for the express purpose of revealing the Father to people.

You must realize that in Jesus, you receive all of God’s love. There is no extra love of God reserved for the angels, no additional love of God to be gained in any way, other than receiving by faith the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is the second circle of love.

With two circles joined at one common point, we have the beginning of a chain—the chain of love. It is probable that God’s primary reason for creating the universe is to extend the chain of love beyond the three divine persons of the Trinity to others. But, since God alone possesses the quality of existence, he must create those others in order for them to enjoy his love. This divine insight lies at the heart of the Gospel: God’s will is to share his love with creation through his Son Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ love is the Father’s love. There is no other love waiting for you, beyond the love of God that you receive by faith in Jesus. Looking for love elsewhere is looking for love in wrong places—looking to anything else but Jesus to satisfy the love God built you to need is idolatry, and it brings only disappointment.

Once you’ve been touched by this divine love, you can share it with other believers. This Jesus commands in John 13:34, “love one another as I have loved you”. If Jesus’ followers truly express between themselves a love like that love shared by the Father and Son, then God’s will for the creatures he created in his image is fulfilled: they have mirrored on earth the essence of the heavenly Creator. This is the third circle of love, and it connects believers to each other.

The fourth link in the chain of love occurs when believers in Jesus share God’s love with the world. Sin disconnects people from their destiny in the love of God. Sharing God’s love with the world reconnects people to God. At the cross God released the power to reconnect people to God’s love by destroying sin’s disconnecting power.

When we share Christ’s love with those who don’t know him, the Holy Spirit joins new people to God. This is the final link in the chain of God’s love: reconnecting lost souls to divine joy—the destiny God made people to enjoy. That’s how the chain of love connects back to its origin, becoming the grand circle of love, that divine purpose behind all creation.

So the chain of love emerges from the mystery of God as circles of love originating in God, connecting through human hearts, and returning to God. I pray you will live in that magnificent circle this week. May God’s love for a hurting and dying world flow through you. Become God’s instrument to join other links into the chain of love, that glorious circle of joy and bliss that continues without end.