Prayer: Gracious and merciful God, let us honor you for your Word, your Son and your Holy Spirit, who guides and calls us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Many struggle with the meaning of the Holy Trinity. It is not “all for one, and one for all.” It is much more. Is it “three in one” and “one in three,” as our devotion writer writes? Jesus doesn’t ever use the word “Trinity,” but He does command us to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit.
I remember years ago trying to explain the Trinity to my son who had returned from a friend’s church youth outing where they told him that there was no Holy Trinity. It wasn’t easy to put in words why I believe there is a Holy Trinity. How do you explain it?
Our devotion writer writes; “But Jesus explains that God is present and at work in Father, Son, and Spirit; the three bound more closely than we can fully understand. Good news! The Almighty is not distant from us. God is present and personal in order to claim us in baptism, shape our lives, and save us.”
Prayer: “God—Father, Son, and Spirit—teach and empower us in discipleship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Commissioning of the Disciples
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”