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Sunday, June 11, 2017

06112017 - Trinity Sunday - “God's ways are unfathomable, but to Him be the Glory forever. AMEN (Rom. 11:33, 36)”

June 11, 2017
“God's ways are unfathomable, but to Him be the Glory forever. AMEN (Rom. 11:33, 36)”
Humankind has been looking to the skies and viewing the heavenly bodies of the sun, moon and stars since man was created.  From solar eclipses like the one that will come on August 21, 2017, to the biblical account of the sun standing still in the sky for Joshua.  Only in the last 200 years has our understanding of the micro and macro universe grown and allowed us to understand that the universe that surrounds us is greater than what we can see with the naked eye.    Even today scientists continue delving into the mysteries of the micro and macro universe, here on earth, in the Space Station and even via telescopes whether ground based or even in the heavens like the Hubble or other probes that visit planets inside and now outside our known universe.  What we tend to forget is not only is our universe unfathomable, but also a clear biblical truth revealed to us about God and our understanding Him.
In 1st John 4, John the ‘elder’ and evangelist wrote, “If anyone says, “I love God.” And hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen”.  Truly even John with foresight given by God understood the challenges of our technological world that we face not only of being able to believe in something we cannot see, but also how we can love one another, and trust not only each another, but even of God.  Yet for us today, we still struggle with the simple age old question of the existence of God and having a tangible truth and proof of His existence.
There is the story told of a philosophy teacher who while teaching his students questions God’s existence.  Ultimately it fell to a Marine to not only stand and defend the teacher’s right to question if God existed, but also for the Marine to respond that God is to busy and God sent him to prove that God existed.
Yet, Paul from our reading this morning, not only answers our age old dilemma of God’s existence, but tells us exactly what we Christians are to do in both the worst and best of times.  Paul says, “God’s ways are unfathomable, but to Him be the Glory forever.  AMEN!”  Paul the father of most of the New Testament gives us what should be our response and points us in a direction that humanity is at times not comfortable to go or even believe.  Simply God is infinite and even beyond our understanding.
We as humans are created finite in our existence.  We are born on a certain date and we will die on a certain date.  God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier is different from us.  God will never die, but God the Father willingly out of His love for us as we heard in the Gospel this morning that we all know and can probably quote, sent His Son to take on our humanity in order that we will no longer be limited by our finite.  For God demonstrating His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ and is graciously giving us the infinite when we in faith believe in the unfathomable vastness of God and the gift of eternal life given to us through His Son Jesus Christ.  With our baptism into Jesus Christ life, death and resurrection, we no longer are limited by our earthly vessels, but we are set free.  As Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear would say, we are set free “To infinity and beyond” and we will not be limited in our death when we enter the veil of heaven.  And this is the gift we receive from God through His Son, Jesus Christ out of God’s great love for us.
And today on this Trinity Sunday, we celebrate this gift of grace, mercy and love, as we do every year with our use of the Athanasian Creed.  As the third Creed of Christendom, we not only Confess and connect together in our Confession, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but we truly claim and acclaim that “God’s ways are unfathomable, but [continue to declare] to Him be the Glory forever.  AMEN!”  Though we only use this Creed once a year, our remembering it as one of our Confessions of Faith, our use of it today is the exclamation point that this Creed makes.  With our Confessing our Faith in God, we make it very clear that God clearly receives from us not only our adoration, but we give “to Him” “the Glory forever”!  This is why we seek to give God Glory in how we live our lives, how we love one another and even how we are called by God’s Word to ‘put the best construction’ on all things in our daily lives no matter what people may do, even those who claim they are Christian, but clearly don’t show their love for their brothers or sisters in Christ.

For in our as Christians loving God and one another we show our adoration of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but also clearly express our belief that God has our best interests in mind no matter our own personal circumstances or the headlines in our world.  We clearly not only invoke today, but lay claim to the blessings of God of eternal life from Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Athanasian Creed.  And today with our confession we firmly, faithfully and fully confess and believe the following.  That “God’s ways are unfathomable, but [we can lovingly give] to Him [our adoration as His baptized children so we can firmly believe and give to Him] the Glory forever.  AMEN!

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