Tuesday, February 9, 2010

mystery made known to us

There is a mystery. Hidden for ages. God hidden. Undisclosed to human senses, except to the occasional pure-hearted priest or fiery-hearted prophet. Mostly, silence, shrouding the mystery.

Starry sky, bleating sheep, baby's wail crumbles the brick of a thick wall. Word hurtled to earth, meeting flesh, emerging, fully God, fully man, but first, fully baby. "You are to give him the name Jesus," the angel told the baby's mother, when he appeared in her room, she startled and weak. Jesus. God's voice shattering the white noise of hundreds of years from Malachi to Matthew. God on earth, the mystery revealed. Three decades later, He was gone.

The disciples gathered together those who had believed. Waiting. Waiting for the gift Jesus had promised when He left. Silence again. Did they remember the years of their ancestors, the years of God unapproachable by common man, God saddened by their continual sin, God silent after His prophets were scorned and beaten? Had God forgotten? Had the Christ returned to heaven, the promised gift unsent and abandoned?

"Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven."

Jesus had come slowly, gestating for nine months in the womb of a virgin, learning the discipline of a child's obedience and then the craft of a carpenter before He ever made a single speech or healed a single limb. But, here, now, suddenly, quickly, in one moment, the Comforter had come, indwelling their hearts, turning whispered doubts into burgeoning faith, overwhelming waves of sorrow with great joy, exchanging the dim view of 70 years for the hope of glory eternal.

The mystery was revealed.

God in heaven.
God on earth.
God in man.

Could it become any more personal, this crazy relationship between God and His created souls? Never again could any call him a far-off God.

"...the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 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." -Colossians 1:26-27