Today, here’s some great stuff from Mike Breen and 3DM (weare3dm.com). Read the excerpt and then check out the entire post by following the link at the bottom!
This community of persons is revealed at the baptism of Jesus, where “heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”
There is a Father speaking identity to a Son, and the empowering Spirit of God descending as a dove. The Trinity, as it was eventually called by Tertullian.
But the interesting thing about what the Father spoke over Jesus at his baptism -which anyone listening at the time would have recognized- was that they were words of commission sending Jesus on official ‘”family business.” Paul uses almost the same familial language when he sends Timothy to Corinth, “For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord” (1 Cor 4:17).
The revelation at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry is that he is not operating independently, but he is coming from a family to represent a family.
The Trinity isn’t simply an abstract concept to be contemplated by spiritual directors and scholars, it’s a deeply relational reality that tells us that at the very center of God’s nature is community. A family. God is family. And the God who is family is on mission. God is Family on Mission.