The greatest Love
Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated (justified) by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16
In yesterday’s reading, Paul talked about leaders holding to the great mystery of our faith. In today’s verse, he gives us the clear definition of the mystery. It starts out with Christ was revealed in a human body. As I read that my first thought is to change the word Christ to Jesus, because that is His name. However, the word Christ is not His name, it is His anointing. Christ actually means anointed one or anointing. As I began to read this passage, I was reminded that the word Christ is used here on purpose to say the anointed one/anointing became flesh. This is God’s anointing. Now I am faced with considering what does anoint mean? I always have equated it with oil or a substance that is used in the anointing process, but the actual meaning of the word is to smear or rub on. That is really thought provoking! God smeared and rubbed Himself on a human body, Jesus) to become a human being. What a great mystery? Jesus was not anointed with oil, He was anointed with God’s Spirit!
The next part of the mystery is that Jesus was vindicated by the Holy Spirit. He was declared sinless, without spot or blame in this world by God’s Spirit. Like the high priest of the old testament had to examine the sacrificial lamb before it could be sacrificed, Jesus was examined and found to be perfect – the perfect sacrifice. He was seen by angels. Certainly, we know that angels ministered to Him after He fasted in the wilderness when He began His earthly ministry. Angels were there when He ascended into Heaven. Angels rolled away the stone at the tomb when He was resurrected and spoke to the women that came to anoint His body at the tomb. We know that fallen angels saw Him when He called them out of people and commanded them to go. Jesus mentioned angels on His way to the cross and said He could call them if that was part of the plan.
Then, He was announced to the nations and believed throughout the world. Jesus was preached to the nations on the day of Pentecost and many were saved and took the message with them. The last part of the mystery is He was taken to heaven in glory. We know these things, but because they happened so long ago, I don’t think we fully grasp the significance of them in today’s world.
Today I want to encourage you to take a fresh look at the mystery of faith revealed to us now. This is not a history lesson or just an event that happened long ago. This is the gospel and has just as much power and energy in it today as it did 2000 years ago. Meditate on these truths and make a big deal in your heart about what Jesus did for them and that it still reaches us today. The greatest mystery is why He did it and we know the answer is because He loved us with the greatest love ever! Thank your Heavenly Father for this great mystery and ask Him to stir it up in your heart and life today. This is not common and should not be made little. We have a great God and Father and He has done this great and mighty work in Jesus. Let’s get excited and share the good news just as they did on the day of Pentecost so many years ago.
If you have never received the great gift of Salvation, invite Jesus into you heart today. Pray this prayer and Jesus will come in and transform you into a carrier of the good news to change the world around you:
God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive me for my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me Your new creation. I know your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him form the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 3:14-16