The Fullness of God, Going Before Us (The Trinity) | Sermon from Sunday, 11 June 2017
A casual reader of the New Testament or, for that matter, any of the New Testament gospels might be left with a lingering question -- just how, exactly, did this movement of Christians swell to evangelize the entire known world, even making it over to the shores of this 'new world' centuries later? It's not apparent from the pages of New Testament literature that these women and men, ordinary fishermen and everyday women, had the power and the capacity to do what we know they went on to do. So how did they?! Perhaps that's what we celebrate as Christian people when we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity - one God, three Persons; a fulsome God who in His fullness already goes on before us. Indeed, Jesus' commandment at the end of Matthew's gospel ("Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations...", Mt. 28:16-20) is dependent, logically, on the verse before: Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." That's the importance of the "therefore" in that important phrase, "Go, therefore..." In other words, Jesus isn't telling the disciples to do anything that He, himself, in the fullness of the nature of God isn't already doing before us, for us, in front of us. Indeed, our capacity to touch lives and spread Jesus' good news isn't dependent on how good, or smart, or brilliant, or gifted we are -- just like it wasn't entirely dependent on those earliest Christians whom we read about in the pages of the New Testament. It's dependent, ultimately, on the fullness of God -- one God, three Persons.
First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday