By Rev. Doug Rokke American Lutheran Church, La Porte City
“The Holy Trinity”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
If you follow the church calendar then last weekend you would have celebrated Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and followers of Jesus. This coming Sunday we observe another festival on the church calendar which is the Holy Trinity. It’s an unusual festival because it is the only one based on a doctrine of the church rather than an event or person. The festival of the Holy Trinity celebrates the three-fold nature of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Belief in the triune God is one of the defining marks of Christianity.
Many books and articles have been written about the Trinity, but really it is great mystery that has never been fully understood or explained. Neither is that my intention in writing about this mystery of God. What I have always found interesting and fascinating about the Trinity is how God has so urgently and desperately tried to connect with us, his people. In the first place we believe he created our world all that exists, including you and I. But then in order to keep us in a right relationship with him he sent his Son. God became a human in order to know our life and all we go through. This Son gave his life on the cross in order to take our sin and shame upon him and to know the death that we all experience. Then Jesus rose up from death to show us the victory that God gives through Christ over life and death. Finally God sent the Holy Spirit so we would know the presence of Christ in our lives now and for all times.
I could go on to describe more about the Trinity, but my point is that as we look the Triune God we see how great God’s love is for us. God has done everything possible to reach into our lives and share that love for us. Certainly that is a good reason to pause on this Sunday and not only remember the Trinity, but to give thanks for all that it means in our lives. Have a good Trinity Sunday!