I love a good mystery. Most of my reading that is not related to theology or history will be along the lines of “whodunit.” I love the twists and turns along with figuring out what is a clue and what is a misdirection. When I was a kid, I started out with Encyclopedia Brown, then graduated to the Hardy Boys in upper elementary. Early in our marriage, Barb and I both enjoyed reading the Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
As a child I liked solving puzzles and even the word problems in math that some kids seemed to hate. It all came together in my mind as a mystery to be solved. I couldn’t get enough of finding the hidden object pictures in the Highlights magazine or word search puzzles. As I got older, I would buy logic puzzle magazines and wouldn’t pass up sudokus that would come my way. I have always likes solving things – even in my jobs through the years, I have enjoyed being a problem solver. There is a sense of accomplishment when the “mystery” is solved as far as I am concerned.
This week we enter the season of Epiphany in the Church year. Epiphany means that something is revealed or shown and therefore, understood in a new way or to a greater degree. God’s Word is the revelation of God’s salvation movement in history. From Genesis through Revelation God is showing Himself, His heart and His plan to save us and set us free. The Bible is clear that the key to understanding Scripture is that Jesus is the completed revelation. This means that all the prophecies ultimately find their fulfillment in Jesus and that all our needs are met in Jesus, our savior and lord.
So, during this season of God shedding light on our darkened world we will have a Sunday morning message series called The Mystery Unveiled. The title comes from our text for this Sunday which is Ephesians 3:1-12, but it will also flow out of our texts for the next couple of months.
8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
I invite you to come prepared during this season of Epiphany to once again encounter the answer to all life’s mysteries. Come with a sense of awe and expectancy that God Almighty wants to reveal Himself to you. In Jesus, God pulls back the veil of darkness that can so often overwhelm us. As Jesus is understood, we find joy, peace and life itself.
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!
Enjoying God’s Mysterious and Wonderful Ways,
Pastor Nick Mundis