Passage: Genesis 1:1–2:4a
†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Date: June 11th, 2017; Holy Trinity; Series A
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
It seems almost every time you turn on the TV to watch the news or pick up a newspaper there are reports of a natural catastrophe somewhere in the world.
Tornados. Hurricanes. Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Flooding.
The violence of these natural disasters brings disorder and suffering to the lives of those living in the area.
People are displaced from their homes and lose their possessions.
It is difficult for them to get food, clean water, and medical help.
We see looting and crimes occurring as people take advantage of these tragedies.
In some cases lives are lost.
Our text from Genesis this morning reminds us that in these natural disasters we see how sin has brought disorder to the very good creation that our triune God made.
Yet we also see that God was not going to allow the devil and sin to have the last Word.
God has acted to restore order to his creation, and in doing so, has revealed himself as the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This is the powerful work of God that we celebrate on this Holy Trinity Sunday!
The Triune God brings order - to the disorder of our lives and world.
We heard in our text from the book of Genesis that God made an ordered creation that was very good.
And this creation was an action of the triune God.
We confess in the Creed, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”
In the Gospel of St. John chapter 1, it is clearly revealed to us that God the Son was also involved in the act of creation, “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”
The Holy Spirit, “the Lord and giver of life,” was also present and at work as he was “hovering over the face of the waters.”
The triune God made a very good creation that was ordered according to his will.
God’s initial act of creation from nothing produced chaotic disordered material.
We are told, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.”
But then God’s creative Word brought order as he separated and created living things according to their kind.
He created humanity in his own image.
He created us to be in relationship with him and to be able to live holy lives according to his will.
He created us to take care of his creation.
He created us as male and female—an ordered unity that reflects the ordered unity of the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God made a creation that was not just good, but was very good.
Sin brought disorder into our lives and into creation itself.
Adam and Eve were not content with all of the gifts God had given to them.
They wanted more. So they disobeyed him because they wanted to be like God.
And because of their disobedience - sin entered into creation.
Sin brought disorder into creation. Natural disasters. Illnesses. Suffering. Death.
Sin brought disorder into relationships among nations and people.
Wars are continually fought. There is anger and hatred between races and ethnicities. There is a lack of respect and equality among people.
Sin brought disorder into our personal relationships—husbands and wives, parents and children, members of the church, people we work with.
Sin brought disorder into our personal lives.
God, who wants to be first in our lives, often comes last. We act in selfish ways. We do hurtful things. We say hurtful words.
In so many ways we see and experience the sin-caused chaos and disorder in the world and in our lives.
But God not only revealed himself as the Holy Trinity in his act of creation - he also did so in his act of restoration.
He did so by restoring order to our lives and to creation so that once again they are very good.
The triune nature of God was fully revealed when the Father sent his Son into the world - as he was made incarnate by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Second Adam - and through his life, death, and resurrection - the image of God is restored in us.
God invites us to confess all of our sins, all of our failures, so that he may forgive us and make us holy and righteous.
When we receive God’s forgiveness we are restored to be the image of God.
Through his resurrection, Christ has begun the new creation in which God’s very good order is restored and the disorder of sin is removed.
And as God’s people, we are already new creations today because the Holy Spirit, who hovered over the face of the waters, gave us rebirth and renewal through the waters of our Holy Baptism.
Though we only enjoy it in part today, we will experience fully an ordered creation and life that is once again very good - when on the Last Day, Christ Jesus raises us up and restores creation completely.
No more natural disasters and other devastating events – just serenity, calmness, and order as God intended.
No more wars among nations, no more fighting and divisions among family and friends – just love, peace, and harmony as God intended.
No more personal struggles with sin, no more hurtful actions and words, no more addictions and other harmful behaviour – just life to the fullest according to God’s will as he intended.
No more pain and suffering, no more illnesses and diseases, no more death – just vitality, strength, and eternal life as God intended.
Through the incarnation of the Son, God has revealed himself as the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—when he acted to save us.
Through that triune name and water, God has made us his children now in Holy Baptism and we enjoy life, restoration, and hope.
And we look forward to the Last Day and the resurrection, when we will live in the presence of our triune God forever and experience fully the creation he always intended. Amen.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.
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