Trinity Sunday

06 June 2004 | Faith & Society

God the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit equal and one - tells us that in the fulfilment of all things, human identity and individuality is not lost but perfected, because Jesus' own identity as part of the Trinity is not lost but perfect. In the opening verses of John 14, Jesus tells us:

‘In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would  I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.’

Trinity Sunday tells us that when we go to heaven it is not as snowflakes falling onto a bed of snow, whiteness lost in a sea of greater whiteness, but as blazing shafts of different colours, jewels individually cut, set in a palace of unimaginable colour.

Here is our Father's house of many dwelling-places, the new Jerusalem, described in Revelation 21:

‘The foundations of the wall of the city wall are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth cornelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst ... And the city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light and its lamp is the Lamb.

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, has called us to be the rainbow people of God. Trinity Sunday calls us to realise that we are the people of a rainbow God.

(See also 'The meaning of work' preached on Trinity Sunday 1995.)

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