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The Holy Trinity

June 7, 2020 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Trinity Sunday

Passage: Genesis 1:1–2:4a

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Date: June 7th, 2020; Holy Trinity; Series A
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • We are experiencing a lot of chaos and disorder in the world right now.
  • Obviously the pandemic has thrown a huge wrench into things.  For most of us, our lives and our routines have changed significantly and there is a lot of uncertainty.
  • There is a lot of unrest among people - injustice, anger, riots.
  • All kinds of natural disasters wreak havoc as people are displaced from their homes and lose their possessions.  For many, it is difficult to get food, clean water, and medical help.  
  • Our text from Genesis reminds us that this is not what God intended when he created everything.  It was never supposed to be this way.
  • But God has acted to restore order to his creation and to our lives.  
  • And we see that in his actions of creation and salvation God has revealed himself as the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
  • This is the powerful work of God that we celebrate on this Holy Trinity Sunday!  
  • The Triune God brings order - to the disorder, chaos, and uncertainty of our lives and world.
  • We confess in the Creed, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”
  • In the first chapter of the Gospel of St. John, we learn that God the Son was also involved in the act of creation, “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”
  • The Holy Spirit, “the Lord and giver of life,” was also present and at work in creation as he was “hovering over the face of the waters.”
  • Scripture reveals to us that the triune God made a very good creation and it was ordered according to his will.
  • God’s initial act of creation out of nothing produced chaotic disordered material.  
  • We are told that , “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.” 
  • But then God’s creative Word brought order as he separated and created living things according to their kind.  
  • He created humanity in his own image.  
  • He created us to be in relationship with him and to live holy lives according to his will.  
  • He created us to take care of his creation.
  • He created us male and female—an ordered unity that reflects the ordered unity of the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • God made a creation that was not just good, but was very good.
  • But then sin brought disorder and chaos into our lives and into creation itself.
  • Adam and Eve were not content with all God had given to them.
  • They wanted more.  So they disobeyed God because they wanted to be like God.  
  • And because of their disobedience - sin entered into creation.
  • Natural disasters.  Illnesses.  Suffering.  Death.  Entered into creation.
  • Sin brought disorder into our relationships with each other.
  • There is anger and hatred between nations.  Wars are fought.  There is a lack of respect and equality among people.  
  • Sin brought disorder into our personal relationships—husbands and wives, parents and children, members of the church, people we work with and go to school with.
  • Our sin leads us to act in selfish ways, to do hurtful things, to say hurtful words - all contributing to the chaos and disorder.
  • But God not only revealed himself as the Holy Trinity in his act of creation - he also did so in his act of restoration - of salvation.  
  • He did so by restoring order to our lives and to creation so that once again they are very good.
  • The triune nature of God was fully revealed when the Father sent his Son into the world - as he was made incarnate by the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus Christ is the Second Adam - and through his life, death, and resurrection - the image of God is restored in us.
  • In Romans chapter 5 we hear, “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”
  • God invites us to confess all of our sins, all of our failures, so that he may forgive us and make us holy and righteous.  
  • When we receive God’s forgiveness, when our sin is removed, we are restored to be the image of God.  
  • Through his resurrection, Christ has begun the new creation in which God’s very good order is restored and the disorder of sin is removed.
  • And as God’s people, we are already new creations today because the Holy Spirit, who hovered over the face of the waters, gave us rebirth and renewal through the waters of our Holy Baptism.
  • Despite all of the uncertainty we are experiencing, The Holy Spirit sustains us in the faith with the Good News that the chaos and disorder we are experiencing is only temporary.
  • The Holy Spirit enables us to love and to be selfless and to promote his peace.  
  • And God works through us so that others can experience God’s restoration now and have the certain hope of restoration for eternity. 
  • Though we only enjoy it in part today, we will experience fully an ordered creation and life that is once again very good - when on the Last Day, Christ Jesus raises us up and restores creation completely.
  • No more natural disasters and other devastating events – just serenity, calmness, and order as God intended.
  • No more wars among nations, no more fighting and divisions among family and friends – just love, peace, and harmony as God intended.  
  • No more personal struggles with sin, no more hurtful actions and words, no more addictions and other harmful behaviour – just life to the fullest according to God’s will as he intended.
  • No more pain and suffering, no more illnesses and diseases, no more death – just vitality, strength, and eternal life as God intended.
  • Dear friends, God revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit when he created everything - including us - ad when he became one of us to save us.
  • We look forward to the Last Day and the resurrection, when we will live in the presence of our triune God forever and together experience fully the creation he always intended in everlasting life.   Thanks be to God!  Amen.