5-26-2024

“GOD’S PLAN”

Text: Acts 2:14, 22-36

Sunday May 26, 2024 – The Holy Trinity

Trinity Lutheran Church – Creston/Mount Ayr.

 

       Grace, mercy, and peace is yours from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

       Our text for the Day of The Holy Trinity is the Epistle lesson from Acts 2 that was just proclaimed.

 

Let Us Pray:  Dearest Jesus, you send your Holy Spirit to remind us that there is nothing random about our lives.  Each of us have been known by you from eternity and you had a plan in place from eternity to redeem and restore us with your saving work at the cross.  Amen.

 

Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ:

 

Roll the dice and take your chance. When your number’s up, it’s up. Do you feel lucky? Well, do you? Is that how we live, how God operates?

 

1. Is life random, or does God have a plan?

 

a. Many people think life is a collection of random events and chances. They see no plan or direction for things that happen. Life is what you make of it.

 

(1) Without God, science proposes that despite amazing improbabilities, life evolved from millions of random events. Where we are born, what our life’s circumstances are, whom we meet and know and love? These may be seen as just random events or lucky circumstances.

 

(2) If the world is really nothing but randomness, there is no inherent purpose to anything. Mean­ing, if there is any, is what we create ourselves. And many people struggle to create anything of meaning or significance.

 

(3) But if everything is random, then that self-made meaning is an illusion. This is a tough way to live!

 

b. There’s nothing random about God.

 

(1) Christianity teaches that God doesn’t deal in luck or random chance. We belong to a God of purpose and significance.

(2) This God reveals himself and his gracious plans to us.

(a) That’s very much the point of this Trinity Sunday we observe today.

(b) On Trinity Sunday, we remember that God has revealed his nature and identity to us.

 

(3) Since he is God and we are creatures, we struggle to understand a being who is infinitely greater than we are. Comprehending him is beyond the abilities of our limited minds.

 

(a) If we could fully understand God, that would likely be a sign that we made him up. He would fit into our thoughts and ideas.

(b) But the true and living God is greater than us, and a mystery.

 

(4) Yet God reveals himself to us. We confess everything that Scripture teaches about God. There is only one God, and that God eternally exists in three coequal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Transition: There are many ways for us to consider God and his revelation, but today, following Peter’s sermon in Acts, we consider him through his works. Peter reveals the incredibly gracious work of God in his Pentecost sermon. He shows us that

 

There Was Nothing Random about Your Salvation;
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Have a Definite, Gracious Plan for You.

 

2. In God’s work, we know him and his character, and we see the three persons of the Trinity in action, because God did have a definite plan.

 

a. The need for this plan was sin.

 

(1) The Old Testament Reading shows how a sinner reacts to God’s holiness: in fear.

 

(2) So God came to us in a way that need not terrify, the Second Person of the Trinity in Jesus Christ, but, Peter proclaims, “you crucified and killed [him] by the hands of lawless men” (v 23).

 

(3) Because of that and every sin, we deserved death and an eternity separated from God.

 

b. But God had a definite plan.

 

(1) Peter proclaims a wonder: God knew what was going to happen. He knew that we would sin, and he knew what redemption would cost. Yet he still went forward. He created. He redeemed.

 

 

(2) God had a definite plan for our redemption!

 

c. The entire Trinity was involved in God’s plan.

 

(1) The Father

(a) Foreknew and sent his only-begotten Son.

(b) Attested to Jesus’ identity with mighty works and wonders and signs done through Jesus.

(c) Allowed Jesus to be crucified.

(d) Preserved Jesus from corruption (v 27) and raised him from the dead (v 24).

(e) Exalted Jesus to his right hand. Jesus’ saving work was complete (v 33).

(f) Declared Jesus both Lord and Christ, Master and Savior (v 36).

 

(2) The Son

(a) Submitted to the Father’s will and came to earth.

(b) Took on flesh, assuming our nature and sharing our weakness.

(c) Did the mighty works and wonders and signs, attesting his identity.

(d) Resisted all temptation and sin, and yet willingly took our sin upon himself.

(e) Became obedient to death on a cross. The Lord of all became the subject of all.

(f) Shared in God’s definite plan and faithfully carried it out.

 

(3) The Holy Spirit

(a) Was poured out on Pentecost, the day this sermon of Peter was first preached.

(b) Gathered the crowd to hear Peter’s message in their familiar languages.

(c) Testifies to Jesus through the Gospel. We are born again of water and the Spirit.

(d) Speaks to us in the apostles’ preaching, God’s Holy Word.

(e) Continually calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps us in the true faith.

 

(4) This is God’s definite plan. The Father, Son, and Spirit are one God, and each person works in grace and mercy to make us his own.

 

What are the odds?

 

God is our Creator. Our existence and purpose are in him. But every day, we are confronted with a worldview that proposes that everything is random and purposeless. If everything is random, what are the odds of our existence?

 

Imagine what it took for you to be here. Of the billions of people on earth, your parents had to meet and then establish a relationship. At just the right time, they came together, and two specific cells—out of tens of millions—united to become your unique self.

 

You were influenced by countless events through life, each of which shaped you. Just those factors result in odds that are astronomical. Many billions to one!

 

But it’s even more improbable. Your parents have similar odds of existing, as did all of their ancestors. Keep going in randomness and you need to consider the impossible odds for everything evolving from nothing.

 

No one can really calculate the probability, but a common figure that floats around is 1 in 400 quadrillion. In other words, by random chance, it is virtually impossible that you exist!

 

What a different picture we receive from the triune God who knew you and called you as his own—even before he created all things. He planned your life and your days and your eternal life in Christ.

 

When Jesus’ enemies thought they had destroyed him by nailing him to a cross, it turned out that was precisely according to God’s plan, for God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:22–24). What were the odds of that?!?

 

So now you will also rise to live forever. There’s nothing random about you. God has a plan.

 

    We do not fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, nor can we fathom the depth of the grace of God, who chooses to redeem like this.

 

     But we know our God. We know his grace. We marvel at his goodness. There is nothing random in our salvation.

 

     So we worship the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

Now may the peace of God which far surpasses our human understanding guide and keep us in the one true faith until life everlasting…Amen