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     This Week's Focus: "The Biggest Mystery of All"
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 Dear Friends,

Our faith is replete with mysteries and wonders. This week we reflect on the biggest mystery of all. Five brief verses, that’s all we get. It’s a tiny gospel for such a big message… the very nature of God… the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. We have no MRI, no DNA… no forensic analysis of Divinity. So, short of heaven, the word of Christ is the best window we have into the essence of God. It tests our faith and doubtless, it was meant to. In the end, Jesus packs so much into every word that it is more than enough to inspire the faithful and confound the cynical.

The core of this gospel is a passage that has come to be called The Great Commission. In his final charge to the disciples, Jesus bids them: Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son; and of the Holy Spirit. Note the significance of the singular. Jesus empowers them in the “name” of God… not in the plural “names” of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That’s because they are one. God is one… three, yet one.

This mystery is the core belief of Christianity. And Christianity is a faith, not a philosophy… not a science. We live and act as Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would have us… not because a learned sage developed a code of conduct for virtuous behavior... not because a research team discovered the secret formula for happiness.

We simply follow God’s will as Christ has revealed it. And that means we don’t get to call ourselves Christians and then ignore the bedrock of our faith. The mystery of the Trinity is not an ornamental attachment to our faith. It is nothing less than the essence of God. So, it’s not an option and it’s not up for a vote.

We humbly follow The Word… Jesus Christ, God’s love incarnate, come among us for our salvation… the Son of the Father, the Harbinger of the Holy Spirit. We know this because Jesus has said it. And we trust in Jesus… our human Brother, our divine Redeemer. Centuries of theological brilliance have been expended, bottomless wells of analogies have been drained… and yet the Trinity remains a mystery of faith, inaccessible to human reason alone. And doubtless, that’s what God intended.

Christ’s last words to us, his invocation of the Trinity, are not a valedictory flourish. They are his last loving lesson, a final infusion of wisdom… wise beyond our human comprehension, yet simple and enduring enough to inspire the lives of countless Christians down the ages. As John Wesley wisely observed: “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.”

And yet the Trinity is, was and ever will be. Outside of the context of faith, it is a truth we can never get comfortable with. In the context of faith, it is the source of all serenity… the anchor of our hope… the heart of our love. In the Trinity, we know God loves us. He made us. He saved us. He abides with us.

From Augustine to Aquinas, from Kung to Merton, of all the inspired souls who have probed this great mystery, CS Lewis speaks to me with down-to-earth logic. In Beyond Personality he wrote: “All sorts of people are fond of repeating that: ‘God is love.’ But the words have no meaning unless God is at least two persons. If God was only a single person, then before the world was made he was not love.”

The mutual love of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit predates creation and transcends time. It stands as a testament to our Triune God: Three in One… One in Three… Creator, Redeemer, Abider. Through the prism of faith, the beauty is sublime; the symmetry is exquisite.

If your head is spinning from trying to comprehend the Trinity this morning, you are not the first and won’t be the last. The Big Bang, anti-matter, black holes… they are all kid stuff when compared to the Trinity. It is a mystery that confounds human analytics. It is a truth grasped only in the context of faith… our God-given will to believe.
 
In faith, the toughest question becomes our greatest comfort. In faith, God is love… the generous love of the Father… the merciful love of the Son… the abiding love of the Holy Spirit. In faith, our response to the biggest mystery of all is not bewilderment. It is adoration.
 
God love you!



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