Devotion June 12-14, 2017

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. — Genesis 1:1-2

The Twist Ending

Some of the best movies have the kind of twist ending that makes you see everything about the movie differently. The movie that introduced the concept to me was a great one, The Usual Suspects. It came out in 1995, so I hope I’m not spoiling the movie for you. A group of criminals forms a plot to get revenge against the police who arrested them falsely. After everything goes well, the mysterious criminal, Keyser Söze, takes the scene, and derails everything. At the very end, we find out that one of the characters was actually one of the main characters the whole time.

The twist ending makes everything about the movie a little different. When you watch it a second time, you catch the little hints that you wouldn’t have the first time. You see the ways that the actors are trying to clue you in on the secret. But you can’t know, because you don’t know the twist. You believe something different about the plot.

When we read the creation story from Genesis 1 and 2, it’s just like that. When you read it for the first time, you get the impression that there is one God who creates the heavens and the earth. In fact, that’s how the whole Old Testament goes. God speaks to Israel, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord, our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). Throughout the Old Testament, it seems like God is completely singular.

But when Jesus is born, teaches, dies on the cross, and rises from the dead, we see the twist ending. God is not just one. He is also three. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God. Three persons, one God. This twist in the story affects everything we read in the Old Testament. We start to see clues of the Triune God working.

The creation story is the first one. When the story opens, we see the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-2).

Through the revelation of Jesus Christ, we know that God is the Father. When he speaks creation into being, his Word is the Son. The Spirit that hovers over the waters is the Holy Spirit. The triune God reveals himself in the opening words of Holy Scriptures to help us understand who he is. But we can only see it through Jesus Christ.

That’s because Jesus Christ is the only way to know God. We can only see the true God through the Son, who died on the cross and rose from the dead. Only through him do we know of the Father and the Spirit. Only Through him can we truly see how God works in the world. Only through him do we have communion with the Father and the Spirit that lasts into eternal life.        

Prayer:  Lord Jesus Christ, you reveal the mystery of the Holy Trinity to us so we can know God and come to salvation through you. Give us the same peace and communion that you have with the Father and the Spirit, that we may love one another as you love us. Through you we pray. Amen