HOLY TRINITY AD 2020
TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
REV. KURT E. REINHARDT
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
 And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."  And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.  And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
 And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.  God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
 And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,  and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so.  And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.  And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,  to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
 And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens."  So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."  And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so.  And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
 And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."  And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.  And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.  And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
[2:1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
 These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
Acts 2:14, 22-36
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them,
"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—  this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.  For David says concerning him,
" 'I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.'
 "Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,  he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
" 'The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
 until I make your enemies your footstool.'
 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
The eternal unity of the Trinity. Yes, beloved, this is a good time to ponder something. or rather, someone who can never be separated or socially distanced. Yes, when the whole fabric of society in so many ways has been torn apart, it is good to know and think about something, or rather someone, that never can be. Yes, in a time when everything is separated, divided, and distanced it’s good to think about someone who is and always will be joined together. As it is a good time to think about it, when our racial divisions are on full display the world over.
It’s a good time to ponder the eternal unity of the Trinity, when kids have to keep 6 feet away from older moms and dads and grandparents can’t hold beloved grand children in their arms. It’s a good time to think about it, when we can’t join together as brothers and sisters in our Father’s house and lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. It’s a good time for me to think about it when I have to be separated from you. It’s a good time to think about the eternal unity of the Trinity when we can’t go to work, school or even the grocery store without worrying about how we’re going to keep people away from us.
Yes, with so much separated and distanced and with the deeper and far more grievous divisions of a humanity that defines itself as races, rather than as a race on full display, it’s a good time to think about One who knows no such separation or distancing or division. Yes, for so very many reasons now more than ever, it’s a good time to think about God and what He is like. God is one. From the very beginning He has been perfectly clear about that - “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God; the Lord is One.” There is only one God, only one who is greater than all. If there were other “greater thans” none of them would truly be God. God to be God has to be above all others, which means in order for God to be God He can only be one.
As we make perfectly clear in our Christian creeds, the fact that there are three equal persons in God does not mean that there are three Gods. No, while each person is fully and completely God all three are one God together. I know that that’s little mind blowing and goes against all that we think we know, but when it comes to the Lord you really have to set aside all that you think that you know and humbly admit before Him that you truly know nothing. It is the fact that each of the three person is truly and fully God that binds them together as one God - because the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God they are eternally one God
From forever and to forever the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united as one God. God as God cannot be divided or separated or socially distanced for that matter, and yes horror of horrors He is as close as you can get to one another and doesn’t even wear a mask! No, God as God cannot be divided or separated or socially distanced and so neither can each of the three persons as God in themselves be separated from each other either. From eternity into eternity, from everlasting to everlasting the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been, are and always will be One.
Yes, beloved in these trying difficult days, there are many reasons to be still and know that the Lord is God, many reasons to be still before Him and rest in His presence - not the least of them being simply to get some relief from all this separating, distancing and dividing by being with One who cannot be any of those things. Yes, the Lord wants to give you relief from madness that has overtaken our world because of Covid 19 and the horrific actions of some police officers by having you rest in the truth of His eternal unity.
In this hour He calls you away from mediating on all that’s separated, divided and distanced and focus your heart and mind instead on what is eternally united, bound together and near in Him. He wants you to focus your heart and mind on His unity because the good news that He wants you to know and hold onto in the midst of the chaos around you is that He has truly brought you into His eternal unity through what he has done for you in Christ. Yes, beloved, the Lord wants you to know that as separated, divided and distanced as you may feel at this time in the world, you are united, bound together and near to Him and so too to all who are in Him because of what the Son of God has done for you.
The Son of God who as God could never be seperated, distanced, divided from the Father was made man so that He could be all those things so that you wouldn’t be. Christ, not as God but as man, was distanced from the Father when He took on all your sin and was made to be a curse for you. On the cross carrying all your sins He was divided as far as the east is from the west from the Father for you. On the heights of Golgatha He entered into the separation of hell to save you from it. Yes, beloved, Jesus endured all that so that you could be baptized into the eternal unity of the Trinity and be one with God forever.
Behold, I am with you always, the Lord wants you to hear that loud and clear in these distanced, separated, divided Covid 19 and racial tension days, beloved. He wants you to remember your baptism into Him, that moment in time when He came to be in you and you came to be in Him. “Look to the font” He says, “ See where you were made one with me and so with God, and know that as I, the Father and the Spirit cannot be distanced, separated or divided from one another neither can you from me or me from you. I am with you in all of this. I will see you through all of this.”
“Always, yes, always, with you. No, the Lord Jesus cannot and will not be distanced from you, socially or in any other way either. And no, He doesn’t come to you in a mask either. With you always, means now and forever, yes, even and especially in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and a rioting protesting world. Yes, Jesus is always with you, because it’s simply the God thing to do. Amen.