Jesus Invites Us into â€śthe Politics of the Trinityâ€ť
As we reflect on Jesusâ€™ death and resurrection, my thoughts go to his disciples and their wild hopes to reign with the Messiahâ€”hopes grievously dashed on Good Friday. The disciples were as ideologically diverse and divided as we are today, and they wanted power and victory to support their own priorities and agendas. Jesus, in obedience to God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, does something utterly new. He pours out his life for love. Forty days later, those same disciples gather togetherâ€”hiding, afraid, and probably still dividedâ€”and something new happens to them, too. The Holy Spirit comes upon them and empowers them to proclaim and embody the good news. They become united to the cause of Christ. Today, at this particular cultural moment, so many of us are afraid that everything is coming apart. So many of us are arguing to protect what we have, what we believe, and what we love. We all believe, and argue, that ours is the right way and that Jesus is on our side. But Scripture shows us that the life that Jesus offers us is deeper than that. He doesnâ€™t argue ideology or promote one political platform over another. He presents his own politics, and itâ€™s the politics of the Trinity. Rather than power against power, this â€śpoliticsâ€ť is characterized by an eternal and delightful self-giving love. Jesus does not just tell the truth about Godâ€™s loveâ€”he embodies it. His goal is not to win arguments protecting the truthâ€”rather, he lays down his life so that the world might know and love God. Through self-giving love he demonstrates that he is from God and that he and God are one. He invites us into the eternal and delightful love of the Trinity. The love of the Trinity cannot be stopped by hateful division, fearful darknessâ€”not even death. What if we were to live together that way? What if we were to love each otherâ€”love those who disagree with usâ€”that way? What might happen? What new thing might break forth? What good news could we share? I can think of a thousand rebuttals to every one of these questions. Over the past seven years at The Colossian Forum, Iâ€™ve heard them all. Iâ€™ve thought them all myself. Like Peter, I follow Jesus to the courtyard, but then I turn away. I donâ€™t want to follow where he is going. It seems insane. What good can it do? And I deny. But Jesus doesnâ€™t give up on me. He lets my denial crucify him once again. But my betrayal doesnâ€™t stop the love between Father, Son, and Spirit. I am still invited into the life of the Trinity. Jesus reflects â€śthe politics of the Trinityâ€ť when he turns to me and asks, do you love me? Feed my sheep. Do you love your neighbor? Feed my sheep. There are so many lost, fearful sheep right now! So many people are afraid that everything is coming apart. So many of us are fighting to protect what we have, what we believe, and what we love. On Good Friday Jesus demonstrates that he doesnâ€™t need to be defended. The church doesnâ€™t need to be defended. Church doctrine doesnâ€™t need to be defended. We donâ€™t have to be afraid that the truth of the gospel will be lost by those who get it wrong. Rather, we are called to obey, follow Jesus, and lay down our lives and love both our friends and enemies. Itâ€™s a hard messageâ€”one thatâ€™s easy to walk away from through denial or distraction. Ultimately, itâ€™s a message of the self-giving, delightful love of the Trinityâ€”the politics of a new kingdom. My prayer is that together we will begin to embrace and embody this hard but joyful and life-giving message.