You are God’s Mystery

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. . . that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2-3

One of the nicest things I heard about the Lord is that he is a mystery. The danger is so great to think that you know who he is and how he is, and that there is nothing new to learn about him and experience with him. The fact, however, that Jesus is God’s mystery time and again undermines my smugness. He is always different again, always bigger again, always weaker again, always closer again and always further away again than I thought.

 

There is a way to be initiated further into this mystery without getting to know it perfectly, for there is always more to discover. Paul speaks about this when he writes to the Colossians about his desire to encourage them and to keep them knit together in love, for he wants that God’s children reach all the riches of full understanding. Full understanding is a lot and majestic. For me, this is too much and too majestic, and it therefore immediately takes the attention off myself.

 

My attention is focused on the Son of God, because insight and knowledge cannot be found in myself and also not in the world around me, but can be found in Christ. This is how he is God’s mystery because insight is not the same as information. Insight is about loving wisdom and loving knowledge about spiritual things that transcend my understanding.

 

If this is how I learn to know Jesus as God’s mystery, then a new world opens up for me, a world full of treasures of wisdom and knowledge. They are hidden in him and thus not up for grabs. I need to search for them, I need to discover them, I need to travel a loving journey with a heart that is focused on Jesus. This calls for a sincere faith that really believes that the son of the carpenter in Nazareth appears to be God’s infinite mystery. Time and again, I can allow myself to be surprised by who he is and what he says. Time and again it’s different and new. Never will I have come to the end of my contemplation and never will I be bored.

 

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Romans 11:33

Jesus, you are God’s mystery, infinite in majesty and greatness. In you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I want to honor and know you. I want to discover and receive your wisdom and knowledge with all the questions and cares that occupy me. May this be the way in which I  increasingly arrive at my destiny of worshiping you.

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