Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Mystery

We wake to the first day of Advent shrouded in fog. It seems appropriate as we enter this time of waiting - of anticipation and of mystery. In just a few short weeks the answer to the "who and where and when and how and why" will be answered in the form of a tiny baby.

Mystery forms the backdrop to the Christmas Story. The plan formed in the heart of God before the beginning of time is finally revealed - all the "pieces" falling into place. A small village;  a young virgin; a suffering Jewish population; a Savior.

There is a further mystery - hidden for a season, revealed by the Holy Spirit through Paul. It comes to those of us not numbered among the Jews - to the Gentiles. We who may have felt  excluded from the glorious plan, lovingly grafted in:

 "As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written you will understand, my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.
And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News."

Ephesian 3: 3-7 

On this first day of Advent, we step into the mystery with wonder and gratitude to a God who loves every one of us with an all-encompassing, everlasting, beautiful love.