Read Romans 16:25-27

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.


from Rev. Daniel Harry

Community Christian Church, Beech Bottom

How do you read a mystery? Do you jump to the ending or do you read it trying to decipher the clues yourself? In today’s scripture, Paul talks about the good news he brings which is the answer to an age old mystery. Furthermore, he says, all the clues are present in the prophetic writings.

Can you imagine the excitement for that generation as they pour through those writings for the answer to that mystery? Today, we don’t bother. The answer to the great mystery has been so long known we don’t even see it as a mystery. Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God – for us it is almost boring.

This season we need to approach the Scriptures with old eyes; first century eyes that see mystery and feel excitement. We can’t share excitement that we don’t feel, and people today who don’t know the answer need to know how exciting it is.

Give us eyes and spirits eager to receive

your astounding promise fulfilled in Jesus. Amen.


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