Trinity Sunday…3 persons…1 God
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life…
The theme of darkness to light…coming out of darkness into the light…to see Jesus, is a strong theme in John’s Gospel and the New Testament. Nicodemus, a respected Jew, comes to Jesus by night to ask him the questions, as a learned person, would, I’m sure, would have already known the answer, but craved to hear it clarified and brought together by Jesus himself. In fear, for that which magnified the present ignorance and the sort of change and transformation that this Son of God had placed fear into the hearts of those who waited on the salvation of God by another way, and thrown and challenged by the God, who no matter what had been told them before, would have the last word. The revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ cut across all expectation and all hope for salvation and the promised triumphant coming of God to save the people of Israel.
A civilization holding on for the promises of the reign of God on earth over their oppressors was never meant to come in the form of a refugee, a homeless person seemingly subject to all the afflictions of every other human being. Jesus simply didn’t fit the bill, and what was worse he entertained anyone who came into his presence. Radical, forgiving, loving, to those who had seemingly been condemned as unworthy and unlovely.
The word made flesh, given for a time that we may know how ‘to be’ in the brokeness and in the unloveliness of this world, experienced first hand the creator, incarnate amongst them, in the world. 3 years enough before this unlovely world could take no more and the human in God crucified, sacrificed at the discomfort and whim of politicians and nervous religious. We killed our God, but a God who continues to have the last word…and I, when I am lifted up…crucified and ascended, for us and with God continues to give, to love, to lift us up in the promise that he will be with us to the close of the age. God’s kingdom still stands through the gift of his spirit, the counsellor, through us who have been called out of the darkness into his marvellous light.
3 persons, 1 God, in us and through us by the gift of the Holy Spirit. We make manifest the presence, the spirit and the truth of God, his continuing creation by our faith, our truth, our action. The embodiment of the Trinity, lay with us, and God is thankful for our courage and us for his persistence and eternal presence.
As the resurrection, the ascension, the day of Pentecost and the proclamation of all these steps of God in our lives lead back to him whom Nicodemus had the courage to visit in the darkness so that we may all see and live in the light.
Father, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Holy Spirit, so that we may live to praise your holy name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessings to you as we continue this extraordinary journey in the one who loves us first.