Part 10 of our One Word series coming at ya from Pastor Chris. This weeks word is “MYSTERY.” It is defined as: noun: profound, inexplicable, or secretive quality or character. Mysteries are intriguing, suspenseful, and fun. We watch movies and read books about unsolved crimes, disappearances, and conspires. The stories grab us and pull us in. The twists and turns keep us on the edge of our seats and the salutations bring satisfaction and relief. Everyone loves as good mystery!
Goring up 2 of my favorite things were the TV show, Scooby-Doo! and Agatha Christie novels. Mysteries and twists and turns around every corner. The were my go to jam! Recently I introduced my oldest daughter to the “Scooby-Doo, Where are You?” series from the 1960s. It has been so much fun watching them with her and shouting, “SCOOBY-DOO!”
Mysteries make great stories, fiction or nonfiction. An unusual occurrence or puzzling series of events is eventually resolved by clever detective work. And maybe a bit of luck or chance with several unexpected happening along the way. But God’s great mystery is more than just a story. It is TRUTH! It is HIS good news of grace in the person of Jesus Christ known as the GOSPEL!
The accounts of Jesus’ life on this earth are unusual, perplexing, unclear to some of us. So many things about Christ’ birth, His death, and everything in between can be difficult to understand. Nobody could have predicted that this would be the way God would reveal Himself to the world. And it is almost impossible to know what He is going to do next. Paul writes to the church in Colossae and speaks to this great mystery.
Colossians 2:2-6, “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
We continue to uncover truth “The richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge” as we get to know Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit better. This scripture from Colossians tells us that as we Unpack the mystery of God it brings: encouragement, unity, rich knowledge, understanding, wisdom, discipline, firm belief, rooted and built up in Christ, strengthened faith, and ultimately overflowing with thankfulness. Do you know of any other one thing that processes so much?
The Gospel is core to everything that God wants to do in your life. Not what we do, not what the church does, but what Christ wants to do in all of us. This is not for our on glory but for the glory of God! What an incredible mystery. It is understanding that those outside of the Church do not understand. It’s like the beginning of a Scooby-Doo episode or the opening chapter of an Agatha Christie novel. There is so much unknown, mystery, confusion, disorder. But then Jesus shows up! This does not mean that we will know all or fully understand everything. But the Holy Spirit will unpack pieces of the mystery of God. But we also have God’s Word which is full of answers. Are we digging into the Bible to uncover the clues that God has left for us?
We have reassurance ultimately that with God as the author of our story. This mystery story has a wonderful ending. We can trust that Christ is going to wrap it all up for us. Completing our understanding and answering our questions, giving us relief after this wild ride we have been on, and I’m pretty sure that He is going to surprise us with the joy of the ending!