32 The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him. 33 Then Jesus said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Him who sent Me. 34 You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”
35 Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does He intend to go that we shall not find Him? Does He intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What is this thing that He said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”
People love a mystery. Good mystery writers can keep their readers in suspense until the last chapter and the readers love it. But when Jesus spoke in a mystery it drove the Pharisees crazy!
Up until Jesus, no one spoke in terms of going to God and being sought after but not being found. This was strange speech to the hearers. Even the disciples did not understand this until after the resurrection. But that is the nature of mystery. Jesus knew that what He was saying would not be understood yet He said it anyway. He knew that the people would discuss what He said trying to come to understand it yet he said it anyway. There was no way that the people, on that side of the resurrection, could ever understand this mystery that Christ spoke yet He spoke it anyway.
The Bible is filled with such mystery teachings. I took a class in college called “Daniel and Revelation.” We were supposed to compare the two books, their teachings on the 70th week of Daniel and write a paper concluding our thoughts. I don’t think I could the paper any better today. Some of that is still a mystery. We can talk about it and we can read about it and we can talk about it some more yet it is still a mystery.
There are clear teachings of Scripture and we are thankful for them. And then there are mysteries in the Scriptures and we do the best we can and then leave them up to God. Remember the words of Moses: Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
The things that are revealed are clear teachings. Those are the ones we are to keep. The mysteries will remain secrets that belong to God. We are not responsible to keep those things. We will think about them but we will leave them until God reveals them in His time and in His way. So, study what we can know and live what we learn. Avoid getting caught up in too much study of the mysteries that God has hidden from our understanding. In time, as He did with the disciples after the resurrection, God will make the mysteries clear.
Tonight is our last Kids4Truth for school year. This has been a great year of teaching our children the truths of God. I am thankful for the women who come every week ready to teach and care for our kids for Truth’s sake. Thanks to Dawn, Sharon, and MaryEllen for your regular and dedicated work to our kids. There are several teachers who rotate in each week and a great thanks to all who have stepped in to help.
We also have our prayer time at 7:00 with Bible study at 7:45. The youth group meets at 7 for game time and then comes in for prayer, worship and Bible study. Join us.
Bobbi will be at the church today and tomorrow making the auditorium decorations for VBS. Any of you who can help would be of great help.
Have a great day in the Lord,