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Magic or Mystery? Miracle!

“Magic” conjures up visions of Disney, fairies, children, fleeting fascination and temporary delight. But then the story ends and real life resumes.

Mystery—hidden, partly revealed—we see the tip of the iceberg, a glimpse of glory, a foretaste of complete fulfillment, a vision of what our mortal minds cannot yet bear to gaze on in its full glory.

HOW could the infinite God limit Himself to a fetus for nine months, then a totally dependent baby–

–the Way learning to walk
–the Word learning to speak

A child becoming aware of Who He really was—God of all, yet submitting to his earthly parents and authorities until the time came for Him to begin giving the all a glimpse of this most awesome MYSTERY of Who He really was.

WHY did He come? Love! Pity! Hesed! God’s long, strong arms reaching down to rescue a world of ruined, rebellions humans gone wrong. And to raise them up to His original purpose for them. This great love is a mystery in itself. How can infinite God care so deeply about me?

WHO is this baby lying in a feeding trough? The angels said He was “a Savior born to you, Christ, the Lord!” The long-awaited Savior-King has finally arrived! But how will He save His people? It’s a mystery unfolding, not as they thought but saving us first inside then out—“inside-out”!

And what of His kingdom? It would be upside-down! The least are first and the first last!

WHO is He to me?

–my Creator
–my God
–my sovereign Lord
–the sacrifice for my sin, my Savior
–my Intercessor
–my Friend
–my Brother
–my coming Bridegroom
–and so much more!

WHEN will He fulfill His kingly destiny? That’s still a mystery. He’s given us hints, but most importantly, He’s given us His word! He will surely come—

–King of kings and Lord of lords
–reigning in love and wisdom

Forever and ever!

Oh, that is the mystery
More than you can see.
Give up on your pondering
Fall down on your knees!

    Michael Card  (

Sublime Mystery

Since before I discovered Nancy Drew, I have loved mysteries.  A good “whodunit” intrigues me, though I can’t keep all the details of the plot straight enough to figure it out on my own. If it’s Agatha Christie, I just figure that the most unlikely party is actually the culprit.  And I’m happy to let the author reveal it all in the end.

I think the thing I love most about Christmas is the mystery of it.  How God could actually become human, born as an ordinary baby to normal people, slipping incognito into our world under cover of night in a most unlikely place, recognized only by those in whose ear God whispered the secret.  Or blasted it from an angel choir. 

And I wait with bated breath to see how the Author will work out His perfect plot in the end.  Showing all the world what is really Truth.  Defeating His enemies. Rescuing His beloved ones.  Reigning in glory on His throne forever—perfectly righteous, powerful, loving, wise and majestic—forever and ever!   

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap, is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

       This, this is Christ the King,
       Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
       Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
       The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

       Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
       The cross be borne for me, for you.
       Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
       The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

       Raise, raise the song on high,
       The virgin sings her lullaby.
       Joy, joy for Christ is born,
       The Babe, the Son of Mary.

That Is the Mystery

Ever since I discovered Nancy Drew, I have loved mysteries—even devouring the Hardy Boys books written for boys.  The word “mystery” occurs several times in the book of Ephesians, referring to God’s recently revealed plan.

In 1:10, the mystery is the unification of everything in heaven and earth under Christ’s authority.  Note the vertical axis in the diagram below.

In 3:6, the mystery is the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles—again under Christ.  Note the horizontal axis in the diagram.

Now with Christ in the center of both axes—it forms a cross!  The only way to life and wholeness for a torn and alienated world is Christ and his death on the cross.

United in Christ, cropped

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