Suffering and incarnation

Psalm 8; Romans 5:1–5; John 16:12–15

Not surprisingly, given that they are selected for Trinity Sunday, today’s texts point to God-in-three. The good news is that the juxtapositions seem organic, a legitimate highlighting of multiple aspects of the divine.

Psalm 8 celebrates God the Creator and his creatures. “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” How puny we are in comparison, yet the psalmist subverts our expectations and announces that we are—not humans-as-barely-more-than-dust—but “a little lower than God,” or “a little lower than the angels” and “crowned . . . with glory and honor.”


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