Trinity Sunday

What does the Trinity have to do with everyday life, you ask?  Plenty.  The definition of God is supremely important because understanding who our God is matters.  You see there are plenty of people who like to tinker with God.  Make a few changes here or there to God.  Water him down when he’s too strong.  Soften him up when he’s rough around the edges.  What’s truly fascinating to me is how people can have a good look at God and then happily reject the creator of the Universe.  That’s brazen.

Let me introduce you to David Goodall.  He recently took his own live at the age of 104.  You can hear him in his own words.  David didn’t have a happy 104th birthday celebration.  It wasn’t because he was in poor health.  It wasn’t because his didn’t have a family.  It was because he was tired of living.  The only person David had lived for was himself.  He didn’t want to do it anymore.  As his final affront to his creator he wanted to end his own life.  Australia wouldn’t let him do it, so with the help of Exit International, he flew to Switzerland to commit suicide.  He claimed that death was nothing to be afraid of because death is part of life.

That last statement is terribly ignorant and completely false.  When the Triune God created the world.  It was designed to live forever.  Death is an unhappy consequence of sin.  Eternal death is hell is the punishment that was created for the devil and his fellow angels when they rebelled against God.  Hell was never intended for the crown of God’s creation, you and me.

If you think I’m over stepping my bounds by suggesting that David Goodall is lost forever, don’t take my word for it.  Listen to Jesus.  Our sermon this week is taken from John 3.  In this chapter Jesus has a conversation with one of the leaders of God’s people at the time in history, Nicodemus.  Jesus describes how someone enters into God family and why others are excluded.  The answer has everything to do with Jesus.



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