We have all no doubt heard the word “mystery” on the news this past week in relation to flight MH 370 that went missing in mid-flight. One news agency ran the following headline; Malaysia Jet Mystery: How Can A Plane Vanish? Intensive search efforts are under way to try and find flight MH370, which vanished from radar en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur almost three days ago, with 239 people on board. None of the debris and oil slicks spotted in the water have so far been linked to the disappearance – but how could a plane vanish without a trace?
I began thinking about that word “mystery” as it relates to scripture. It appears some 38 times, 11x in OT and 27x in NT. It is the word “mystērion” in the Greek and means a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding. When you stop and think about how a Boeing 777 in mid-flight could simply disappear with some 239 people on board, that my friends defines the word mystery.
In the New Testament we are told by our Lord the following; Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.” Mt 13:11
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 4:1, “Let a man regard us in this
manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
He also writes in Col. 1:25-26; “Of this church I was made a
minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints.”
As followers of Christ, we have had this mystery of the Gospel unveiled to our eyes by God Himself. The Gospel is not some coded message that you can figure out on your own. It is not a mystery that becomes clearer with more diligent effort and study. John 1:13 clearly states the following; “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
This mystery becomes clear when God and God alone removes the blinders from our eyes so we can see not only our own sinfulness, but we can clearly see God’s gift of salvation to us through the sacrificial work of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. It is then we can cry out in our desperation, “Be merciful to me Oh God, a sinner!” Have you made such a plea to your Creator? I would implore you to do so in haste and with perseverance until He answers your cry.