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Monday, August 17, 2009

Mysteries Revealed

For the past five years, my parents have taken our school-aged children on a "Mystery Trip" the first weekend after school starts. They send a letter inviting the kids and telling them any specific instructions they might need (such as "wear comfortable shoes" or "bring your camera").

This year's trip was this past Friday and Saturday. My parents drove 30 minutes to our small town and picked up the kids and our minivan. (Joe and I got their car with satellite radio - SWEET!). The kids spent the night with them and then they woke them up early Saturday morning and headed to their destination. This year's trip was to the Oklahoma City Zoo. They stayed several hours, enjoying a picnic during their stay. Later on they went to Zio's for Italian food. The group arrived back here in Tipton about 8:00 p.m. - every one exhausted!

Mystery trips are lots of fun! It's exciting to be surprised. (Well, it is if it's a GOOD surprise! I suppose not ALL surprises would be good.)

The word "mystery" is used 22 times in the King James Version of the Bible. The Old Testament is full of prophesies about what was to come. In the New Testament we can find that those prophesies are fulfilled. Jesus told the disciples that the mystery of the kingdom of God had been revealed to them, but had not been revealed to the people to whom He was speaking. (Mark 4:11). Because of that, He spoke to them in easy-to-understand parables.

Paul even prayed that God would given him the words to speak, as well as boldness when he was speaking, about the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:18-20)
And, he later explains that the mystery is Jesus Christ living within His people, the saints/Christians. It is also the hope of glory, which is eternal life.

"I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:24-28

I am grateful for Jesus and for what His life, death and resurrection means for me and for Christians everywhere. I am grateful that the mystery of the Old Testament was revealed so that we may have the hope of glory.

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The Woodall family said...

Thanks for that reminder this morning! How refreshing...your blog is beautiful!

Wa Wa Waughs said...

That's a great tradition for grandparents! You and your kids are very fortunate that they're able (and willing) to do that!

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