Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trinity Sunday

Had an excellent time doing choral "double duty," a.k.a. singing in two services and *not* getting out of the second one until after Communion! Today's readings were Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; and John 8:48-59 (sermon text).

The Christian life is a doxology, a hymn of praise to God. Certainly not boring! In the Gospel, Jesus lives this life, in process confronting the Jews with a solid declaration of His deity: "Before Abraham was, I AM." He uses a revealed name of God to describe Himself. In response, the Jews tried to stone Him, for He opposed their man-made doctrines.

At Pentecost, more (or the same) Jews were cut to the heart; later they were baptized into the triune God. Still later, Festus saw Christianity as a madman's ravings. According to Judaism, Christ is a liar; according to others, He's a lunatic; to us, as C. S. Lewis put it, He is certainly our Lord. Let us not, as G. K. Chesterton warned, abandon intellectual grasp of this or any doctrine - but also let us not quench the Spirit. Let us continually study the One who loves us, as a bride studies her husband all their lives. Love goes with knowledge of the thing loved.

Learn and know the promises of God, my God, our God, the I AM. Doctrine isn't boredom, but praise! Praise Him for His blessings, the Sacraments, the prayers, hymns, doctrines. Believe and hold to Him.

Soli Deo gloria.

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