June 16, 2019
 Weekly Devotion
 
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Acts 2:14, 22-36; John 8:48-59
 
Alleluia. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! Alleluia.
 
Glory. Honor. Fame. These are the things that many people want. It’s not hard to understand why. We give glory and fame to actors and athletes because of their talents. We honor speakers, musicians, business men and women, and all sorts of celebrities for accomplishments or actions we deem desirable. It’s a way in which we show that someone is important. Many times, we also want glory and honor for ourselves. We want to thrust ourselves into the spotlight. We want to be recognized as important, someone worthy of power and influence. Yet, how often these things corrupt. We glorify ourselves at the expense of another. By seeking your own glory, we deem everyone else insignificant. We want them to be less than us, so that we can be recognized for honor and glory.
 
Yet, this is not the way with Jesus. In the Gospel lesson, Jesus says, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me,” John 8:54. Jesus doesn’t seek his own glory. He doesn’t seek to make himself greater than the Father or Holy Spirit. Instead, he gives glory to His Father. Why? Because He is coequal in majesty, glory, and honor. For they are not three Gods, but one God. Neither is lesser or greater than the other. For God is Trinity in Unity, and Unity in Trinity. Just as from the beginning. Yet, this is the good news of the Gospel. As full God, coequal in majesty and glory, the Son took upon human flesh. He submitted himself to his Father. He became man that he might save us from our sins. In perfect obedience to is Father, Jesus took up his cross, suffering the punishment for your sins. By his death on the cross, Jesus did not seek his own glory… but the glory of his Father in heaven. Thus, the Father glorifies his Son by raising him from the dead so that salvation may be proclaimed in Jesus’ name. So too does the Spirit glorify and point to the Son, by whom you have been redeemed. Thus, in perfect harmony, God is glorified. Trinity in Unity, Unity in Trinity. The Father glorifies his Son and Spirit. The Son glorifies Father and Spirit. The Spirit glorifies Father and Son. So it is, that in Christ, we see the glory of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, now and forever. Amen!
 
Vicar Sorenson
 
Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. 
 
The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, the word of faith that we proclaim. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.