Holy Trinity Sunday

Theme
HELP ME MAKE SENSE OF ALL THIS!
Verses
John 16, 12-15
Hymns
195, 193, 420

                                                                     John 16:12-15

              “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

            Boy could the kid play baseball.  As a High School freshman, he was on the Varsity Team.  Every game he pitched, he won!  When he wasn’t pitching, he played Center Field and caught every ball that came to him, and even the balls he shouldn’t have been able to catch.  He had a batting average of over 700.  He led his team to four State Championships.  Yes, the kid could pay baseball.

            He knew he was destined for the major leagues.  And when he thought about all the money he’d make, he thought about all the ministries he could help, in their efforts preach Jesus, all to thank God for his gift. 

            Sure, enough right after graduation, he was drafted by a Major League Baseball Team.  He spent the summer and the winter playing in the minor leagues.  But the next Spring, at the age of 19, he played his first game as a Major League Baseball player.  He played center field.   At the plate he went 4 for 4.  He caught every ball hit anywhere near him.  In the fourth inning with only one out the batter hit a fly ball to him in Center field.  The runner on third tagged up run to home, but this kid threw him out from Center Field.  The kid was named rookie of the year.  Yeah, he was on his way to becoming a super star of baseball.  And his plan with all the money he would make was still to help preach Jesus all over the world.   

            Everything was right with the world.  The kid knew why God put him on this earth!  He knew what his future would be.  He knew God’s plan for his life.  Everything made perfectly good sense! 

            And then, he was injured in a freak accident.  The doctors told him that his days of playing baseball were over.  He would live, but he would never play baseball again, and his dream of being a major league baseball player was over.

            Suddenly he is deeply depressed!  His entire universe has just collapsed around his ears.  He didn’t know what he was going to do!  He no longer knew why he was placed on this earth!  He couldn’t understand why God would allow this to happen.  They had a plan!  Why would God destroy the plan?  And suddenly nothing in this life made any sense! 

            Maybe you can understand the confusion, and the terror this kid was going through!  Maybe something similar has happened to you.  Well, then you can understand what Jesus’ disciples went through.  In the upper room, everything made sense.  Everything was good.  And then suddenly Jesus was gone and suddenly nothing made sense to them.   They were lost!  They didn’t have a clue as to what God was doing! 

            Jesus understood what they would be going through.  That’s why He promised them the Holy Spirit, who would come to their aid, when they prayed, Lord, “HELP ME MAKE SENSE OF ALL THIS!” 

                                                                                         I

            In that Upper Room, Jesus had been telling His disciples a lot of things.  But now He says, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.”  There were many things Jesus wanted His disciples to understand!  But He knows that right now, they wouldn’t be able to handle it.    

            The fact is, He had been telling them for the last year that He was going to be killed in Jerusalem, and then rise again in three days.  And they couldn’t handle it then.  So, now on this night, they still won’t get it.   Right now, they were thinking everything is hunky dory!   We are all safe!  Jesus is leading us!  Everything is as it should be.  They knew God’s plan for them.  They didn’t have to worry about anything else.   

            But within a matter of hours, their whole world will come crashing down around their ears.  Jesus will be arrested, and then crucified on a cross!  And suddenly their whole future is in an upheaval!  They don’t understand why God is doing this!  They don’t have a clue as to what they should do, where they should go, and how they should feel.  All they know is that their world in in chaos, and their universe is being torn apart, and nothing makes sense! 

            That’s why Jesus tells them, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”  It’s not that the Holy Spirit will just tell them the truth!  It’s not that the Holy Spirit will give them the information they need, and then leave it up to them, as to what they should do.  The Holy Spirit will “guide” you into all the truth.  The Holy Spirit will take you by the hand, and lead you through it.  When they ask, “Why did Jesus have to die on that cross?”  The Holy Spirit will take them through the Word of God, show them the promises of salvation God made, remind them of the sacrifices God had set up for the forgiveness of sins.  The Holy Spirit will guide them through it, so they can make sense out of it. 

            Quite often in our lives, we suddenly find that the world makes no sense at all!   We thought we knew God’s plan for our lives.  We thought we understood where God was leading us!  But then something happens that blows everything out of the water.   Like that accident that ended that kid’s baseball career!  Or the downsizing of our plant that takes away our job and our career.  Or some cruel and heartless action someone does that suddenly destroys our reputation!  And suddenly it makes us question everything we’ve ever been taught!  Suddenly we don’t have a clue as to why God is taking us down some path!  And nothing makes sense!

            That’s when the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth,” takes us by the hand and leads us into all truth.   It’s not necessarily that the Holy Spirit will say, “OK, now you’re wondering why God allowed you to get sick right now, well let’s look at all the passages that talk about people getting sick.”  No!  The Holy Spirit takes your hand and leads you through the truth of Scripture.  He reminds you of God’s power when He created this entire universe and reminds you that He still has that power.  He points to Jesus on the cross, and tells you, “See how much Jesus loves you! What He was willing to do for you!”   When our world is turned upside down, the Holy Spirit is there to take us by the hand and helps us make sense of it all. 

                                                                                          II

            And just how will the Holy Spirit do all this?  How will He help us make sense of all this?  Jesus says, “He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears.”  There are some who believe that the Holy Spirit will give us a new revelation, a new message!  There are some who think that Jesus didn’t have the time to teach us everything about God, so the Holy Spirit will give us new information, and a new set of standards to live by, and new spiritual truths about God. 

            Jesus says, NO!  The Holy Spirit is not going to give us a new set of revelations.  He’s not going to bring new teachings, and new ideas.  “He will speak only what He hears.”  And what is it that the Holy Spirit hears?  “He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”   The Holy Spirit will simply point to Jesus, and show you what Jesus has done for you!   The Holy Spirit will lead you to understand why it was that Jesus had to die on a cross.  Not for His sake, but for yours!   The Holy Spirit will point our eyes to Jesus, and only to Jesus.  Because that is the most important message of all.

            This was God’s plan from before the creation of the world.  He didn’t show man what he needed to do to earn God’s love!  God promised to save mankind and make them worthy of God’s love.  Even though the cost would be high!  Even though the Son would need to sacrifice Himself on a cross. 

            This was the message the Holy Spirit preached in the Old Testament!  This is still the only message the Holy Spirit teaches in the New Testament.  The message hasn’t changed for 6,000 years.  Because it’s the only message that makes a difference of where we will spend eternity.  The only message that will truly tell you what God was willing to suffer for you, and to what extent He would go to save you.  You want to know how much God loves you.  Just look at the cross, and hear the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus by telling you why He is there!

            Sometimes, we want to hear something different!  Sometimes, we want the Holy Spirit to tell us what God is thinking and why He is taking us down this particular path.  We may even think God owes us an explanation because of all the things we’ve done for Him!  I don’t want to hear the same old stories!  I want new information.  I want God to explain Himself so that I can understand, so I can make sense of this world. 

            But the Holy Spirit doesn’t do that does He?  He doesn’t give us a new message!  He doesn’t answer our question as to “Why is this happening to me?”  He says, “You don’t need to know, why!”  He simply shares the same stories with you that you’ve learned when you were a child.  He points you to the cross, to Jesus’ suffering and dying, and He leads you by the hand into the truth, and asks you, “Do you know why Jesus is there?”  For you!  For your salvation!  Because He loved you that much!  And that’s all you need to know.  You don’t need to know “Why?”  You just need to know “Who is in control!”  The same Savior who died on the cross for you!      

            There will be times in our life, when things just don’t make sense!  We don’t understand why God is allowing us to suffer.  We don’t understand why God is taking us down this path!  It just doesn’t make sense!  But, don’t worry.  Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit who will guide you in all truth, and will point you back to Jesus, and the sacrifice He made just for you, and, believe it or not, that view of Jesus will “HELP ME MAKE SENSE OF ALL THIS?”