God is One Trinity
Topic: Occupied With Greatness Passage: John 20:19–20:23
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: John 20:19-23
Main Point: Home is found in the fellowship of the Trinity
According to The Atlantic, the average American moves 11 times during their lifetime. Due to the transient nature of life in America, we find ourselves searching for this elusive sense of home. Does this longing for home point to a deeper longing within us?
At the core of God's three-in-one nature is the relational fellowship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, which is powerfully illustrated by 15th century Russian painter Rublev (see picture below). In John 20:20-22, the desire of the Trinity is repeated in Jesus' greeting to his wayward followers: "Peace be with you." Christ has reconciled us to God, inviting us into the fellowship of the Trinity (notice the empty fourth place for us at the table and the Spirit's inviting hand in Rublev's painting). Jesus then shows his disciples' how we can have peace with God through his cross when he shows them the scars on his hands and side (Col 1:20). And then Jesus tells them to receive the Holy Spirit and breathes on them, fulfilling John 14:16-23 which tells us that God will make his home within us though his Spirit. God desires to make his home in you, so you can be at home in him. Finally, Jesus commissions us: "As the father sent me, so I am sending you." God not only invites us home but invites us to join him in the reconciling work of inviting others to find their home in relationship to him as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Taking It Home: During Advent, personally (or together with your family) pick a "habit of home" which creates space to listen to God and how he wants to make his home in you. Or reach out in love to someone to point them to how they can find their true home in relationship to God.