Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
I love a good mystery novel. I have to confess that I am not always that good at solving them but I do love that aha moment when the author reveals the mystery and all the clues line up. The mark of a good mystery is that the author plays fair; they give you clues that if you can put them together you can solve the mystery. Bad mysteries are ones that leave out important clues or totally ignore the clues and the end feels like it was tacked on when the writer ran out of ideas and felt like I just need to end this story.
The Old Testament is the greatest mystery story ever told. Throughout, God gave Israel clues to the coming Messiah. They knew He would be of the line of David. They knew where He would be born and they knew the approximate time He would be born. They knew the deed He would do. God gave them clue upon clue to help them identify the Messiah. It is little wonder that so in the first century AD so many rose up to claim to be the Messiah. All but one faded into history. All but Jesus.
Still, with all the clues many were unable to believe. Some refused to believe while others refused to believe their own eyes. Many refused to believe because Jesus did not fit their view of what the Messiah should be and do. They wanted a warrior king, someone who would free them from Rome. Many just could not put all the evidence together to see that Jesus was God’s Messiah, this included the disciples, those closes to Jesus.
It was only after the resurrection that eyes were opened and many came to believe that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. As the New Testament was written and circulated more and more cam to see that the mystery was indeed solved. The Messiah had come and He was Jesus. We have the benefit of the complete New Testament revelation and yet so many refuse to believe. Not because the lack of evidence but because they refuse to believe.
Have a blessed day,