We live at a time when truth is determined by our senses. Those thing which can be observed and studied are what most often gain attention in the public eye. But what about those everyday happenings that can’t be explained through our senses?
Paul, an early worker in the Church, referenced the fact that not all things can be explained. In Collosians 1: 24-27, he writes, “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
He admitted that God was working something new by including people other than just Jews into his plan for saving the world. This was the complete opposite of everything he and all the Jewish people had understood, but God had helped protect his people so Jesus could save everyone.
Peter, a close friend of Jesus, wrote a letter to early Christian believers. 1 Peter 1:10-12 reads, “Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.”
What’s so amazing in Peter’s mind is that the work of Jesus’s saving grace amazes even the angels in heaven. If anyone other than God had tried to come up with a plan for setting the world right it would have been unsatisfactory. Only God’s plan of sending his own son, Jesus, could create a way for all things to be made right again, and that’s the message of “Mystery”, “Christ has died and Christ is risen. Christ will come again!” Praise the Lord we have a way to be right with our Maker once again.