3. Introduction


Philippians 2:6-11


Our ability to experience intimate connection comes from the fact that we were created in the image of God, the One who has always existed in perfect connection as Father, Son, and Spirit. The highest relationship is, therefore, the perfect Love between The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

References in Scripture to Jesus’ example of perfect love with The Father include:

In John 17 Jesus prays, “Father, I desire that those also, whom You have given Me, may also be with Me where I am, to see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world does not know You, but I know You; and these know that You have sent Me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” John 17:24-26 (NRSV).

“I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me” John 14:31b (NIV).

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” John 15:10 (NIV).

Jesus chose to depend upon and completely trust the Father in everything, including His death on the cross. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to His Father, “nevertheless, not as I will but as You will” Matthew 26:39b (NKJV).

Jesus’ love for His Father and the intimate knowledge of His Father’s love for Him enabled Him to maintain an intimate connection of total trust throughout His life and His death, a death that enables us to experience the same kind of connection with God.