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Love Came Down 12.20.2015
Dear friend,

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity," and then goes onto describe in word pictures of the origin of love: It descends on mankind from above.

The Apostle John writes of this descension (1 John 4:1-13) coming down in the person of Jesus Christ and then concludes with these three basic successive revelations: God is love (4:8b), He demonstrated His love by sending His Son down to earth (4:9-10), and that if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. (4:11)

Our Word for the day comes from John 17 which consists of the intimate communion/prayer between the Father and the Son which took place just previous to Jesus offering Himself for capture by those who wished to put Him to death. It is a holy and sacred conversation which begins with the Father and the Son speaking with one another of their upcoming glory and honor: The honor, glory and joy that filled their hearts as they approached the hour of the ultimate glory of God: The redemption of mankind.

The communion moves from their intimate conversation (17:1-5) to a prayer for His present disciples (17:6-19) and then a prayer for all future disciples who would come to know and to believe in that which the redemption through the cross would provide. He prays for all future believers that they would not only come to know this redemption, but that they/we would all grow in the knowledge and experience of the oneness that the Father and the Son lived in and demonstrated to all mankind.

As we approach the manger this Christmas, and as we sing and listen to the carols that speak of this descension of love which is unto all people, may we experience anew the the joy that motivated and moved the Father and the Son to carry out their mission of mercy and love that was enacted 2000+ years ago and has brought life to as many as received Him. May we be drawn deeper into this oneness of love that the Father and the Son lived in and that was the essence of His prayer for us: For He has not only declared unto us name of the Father in bringing us the forgiveness of sin, He continues to declare His name so that we would be drawn deeper in this oneness of Their mutual love.

20:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

John 17
The hour has come for two reciprocal acts: for the Father to glorify the Son that the Son may glorify Him. Jesus accomplished the desire and will of His Father in bringing redemption to mankind by taking away our sin through His atoning sacrifice here on earth, and now Jesus looks to the heavenly part: Bringing eternal life and glory to all to whom it is given through His resurrection and ascension!!! There is much depth in these verses, one which we will not attempt to plumb in this brief message, as we want to focus on what it means that Jesus has declared our Father's name unto us, and will declare (continue to) it so that the love that is between the Father and the Son would be in us and He in us.

In verse six, Jesus begins to speak of His name. We are reminded of how God spoke to Moses concerning His name:

Exodus 33: 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

The name of God means Word or revelation. It is all who God is in His Essence, in His Being, in His Existence.

In verses 7-10, Jesus speaks of the reality of how through the oneness of Their essence and Their purpose, the disciples have been brought to where they are one in Them. That is not to say that they are part of the Trinity, but that they have been brought into participation through the name of God: Through the Word and by revelation. In verse 11, Jesus refers to this oneness, and He brings His deep request to His Father, to the end that all His successors would be guarded in this oneness.

KJV John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Now let us move down to the last part of this chapter, as Jesus expands on the meaning of this oneness that He is praying for.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

How do we understand this oneness of and in love that Jesus is referring to?

We stay on the simple truth: Love Came Down, The Word Came Down, God Came Down, Love came to rescue us, to redeem us, or we could say the Word came down.

1. Love/The Word came down and He alone determines who we are: either we are guilty outside of faith or we are righteous through faith.

2. As Christians, we come to others only through Jesus Christ, He bought us back, we have the gift through faith.
He is our Peace, the One who brought us back to God.

3. In Jesus Christ, we have been chosen from eternity, accepted in time, and are united for eternity.

He is for us, He came to be with us in the flesh, and He is now in us. And His essence is Love. And the Oneness that we live in is Love, the Word, Christ, God........

I wrote to a sister last night in discussing the one word sermon title for today, and in doing so I shared with her that whenever I approached the word love in relation to defining and trying to explain it, I get a word picture in my mind. I see myself kneeling by the Lake Superior with a cup dipping water out of the vast waters. Each cup that I scoop out is pure and clean, but as soon as I take the cup out of the water there is no indication of any less water in the lake. The love of God is so great, many have tried to describe it using earthly language to do so, and have done very well, but yet.....

Last night I sat listening and singing the Hymn "The Love of God" over and over again, wanting to be touched to the depths of my heart and soul by the love of God that came down to us. Love came down...Love came down.. Love came down...The Apostle Paul put this into a few words, but yet encompassed what it means that "Love came down."

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.


The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell

The guilty pair, bowed down with care
God gave His Son to win
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade

To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song.


Let us think on God's love for us: Love came down.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 20 Dec 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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