Trinity Sunday 2015
John 3:1-15 [16-17]
Let us pray: Holy Spirit “Teach us to know the Father, Son, and You, from both, as Three in One. That we Your name may ever bless and in our lives the truth confess.” Amen.
There is a false teaching that says that God created us because He was either lonely, bored or had nothing better to do with His time and energy. This is, of course, ridiculous. We are not the human equivalent of Renee Zellweger to God’s Tom Cruise. We are not living in Jerry Maguire. God does not need man to complete Him. Implying so only shows that God is lacking in some part of His being. Rather God created out of love because He wanted to share His love with others . . . a love that includes others experiencing eternity in a way that we can hardly imagine.
Please allow me a little narrative freedom, and picture the Trinity and their plan of creation and salvation in this way.
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Triune God sitting around in their unity were talking. All three in their equality, uncreated, unlimited and eternalness as One God were gathered around their joyous table. One of the many topics of discussion that came up was the Father’s fixation on this new concept He called “being”. God the Father explained the concept of being, ways of being, how things will come to be.
While sitting and listening the Son says, “This is great stuff. Why don’t we go ahead and create a batch of being with song, because there is nothing more heartfelt and creative than music.” We know the Son was there because John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning.” The Son even tell us Himself in the end of Revelation 22, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Likewise, the Spirit hovering over what was to become the face of the deep interjected and spoke His piece. “Terrific idea! I’ll help! Let’s get started! But first, one question? What happens when our ultimate creation rejects us? How are we going to bring them back to this joyful celebration and feast that we have prepared?”
The Son raised His voice and said, “You silly goose! Why do you ask questions to which we all in our mysterious oneness of Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity already know the answer? I will humble myself and become one substance with them as I am one substance with the Father . . . both at once. I will offer myself to suffer and die for them to pay the wages of their disobedience and sin. At the right time, while they are still sinners, I will die for them. (Rom 5:6-8) I will restore them to their perfect unity of being through mundane items like words, water, bread and wine. They will see our love in my death, not in their own works. I will choose them in myself before the foundation of the world. (Eph 1:4). I will write their names before the foundation of the world in the book of life of Myself who will be slain for them (Rev. 13:8).
It will come to pass that Moses will lift up the serpent in the wilderness, so I must be lifted up in my flesh, drawing all men to myself, so that whoever believe in Me may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15) My death will redeem them from their all of their sins.
You, Spirit, will give me to them in Words and those simple means to restore them to a fullness of being. This we will do together. As Paul will declare: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable are His ways!” (Rom 11:33) For our wisdom is eternal, yet declared foolish because of My becoming flesh and dying. My judgment in words “It is Finished!” are unsearchable because they are Divine. My ways are inscrutable because I, the sinless one, will die for the sinful. Let us end this discussion. I’d rather continue with the celebration. Let us feast, and in the morning, the real fun of creating into being begins.”
Son and Holy Spirit rolled up their sleeves and went to work making everything from the vast void of nothingness. Creatio ex nihilo. Creation from nothing. That is how it all started. Creation had to begin somewhere. It started in the time before there was such a concept, humanly speaking.
For the next couple days between evening and morning, the Son and the Spirit singing out new words, concepts and ideas put on a show of being for the Father making His complete, detailed and precise vision of creation come to pass culminating in the very good.
Creation was teeming with water, light, and lambs frolicking. Seeds were falling, sprouting and growing in the blink of an eye. Fish schooling all over the place. Creation alive with being. They weren’t done though. There were still mushrooms and monkeys, grapes to be eaten and geese to eat them, tigers and tomatoes. Man and woman to feast, to join in being with God. Man and woman to taste the food, oil dripping down Adam’s beard, to play with animals, to love this new state of being.
God the Father looked at this wild rumpus and said, “This is exactly what I had in mind. Good! Good! Very Good!” Son and Holy Spirit agreed and their voices joined the Father’s, “Good! Good! Very Good!” They laughed at the new concept of being and how great everything was. They laughed at how clever the Father was to come up with the idea of being. They laughed at the Son who did all the dirty lifting and putting His Father’s blueprints to construction. They laughed at the consideration of the Spirit who directed and choreographed the entire affair. Divine laughter for a Divine Comedy. In the midst of their laughter and songs, stories were told. Jokes were rehashed and told like it was their first time. Father and Son drank wine in the unity of the Spirit and they enjoyed throwing their pickled beets and braised carrots at each other and all was very good.
Too crass of an illustration? Maybe. But sometimes the crass analogies are the ones we don’t forget and are the ones that get to the truth the easiest, even if we lie to our better natures and deny it. We all know that God is not three party animals throwing food at each other, but in that idea is the central message . . . creation, redemption and recreation are the result of the Trinity whom we worship today.
The Trinity worshipped and praised in the Old Testament from the foundation of the Church in Genesis 2. The Trinity fulfilling their crucified and resurrecting plan of salvation FOR YOU in the New. The Trinity living and active in the Divine Service for a few hundred years before the Apostle’s Creed was written down, yet the Mystery still confessed in liturgical reception, is whom we worship not just today, but every day. The doctrine of the Trinity tells us that God is a God of being. Jesus’ message is that we are invited to the party that the Trinity has been enjoying since before time began.
The Trinity has come FOR YOU even though you do not know His mind. Only a self-deluded individual thinks that he can. You have not been His counselor, He has counseled you in His wisdom . . . wisdom of weakness, suffering, and an overflowing abundance of left handed power of death, and resurrection FOR YOU. Wisdom that involves coming to you in those simple means of Word, water, bread and wine. We cannot give gifts to Him, but He gives gifts to us . . . new gifts every day. Gifts more bounteous than we imagined at first glance.
So come to the altar and see that the Lord is good. Join in the joyful creation celebration with tongues made clean by the fire of Christ’s Word of forgiveness showered over you like Isaiah’s lips. Come and laugh over being and laugh with the Trinity in Unity . . . Laugh at this profound Mystery of faith. Laugh at the Divine Comedy where Jesus is our Butler, Baker, Host, Servant, and Meal. Laugh at your sins being forgiven through God’s Mysterious Wisdom. Laugh with the Father’s creative love that makes you a being. Laugh with the Son who redeems your being. Laugh with the Holy Spirit who restores your being to its fullness by giving you the Son. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Rom 11:36).