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Midweek Devotionals

Published weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Midweek Devotional 10/20/2015

Robert Chen

Dear Church:


Matthew 11:25-30

25At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Every so often you marvel at Jesus for revealing the true nature of God. The question of God's existence and the question of God's nature are the two great questions for human beings to inquire about. If there is no God, then everything is different. For those who believe in God, they must give up that belief and their way of life based on that belief. If there is God, then those who don't believe in God must consider how God's existence impacts their lives. Not to ask that question of relevance is to be grossly negligent. If God does exist, then the second question is, what is God like? This, too, is obviously important. If God is Impersonal, then there is no need to get into any kind of personal relationship with this God, except only to treat this God as a type of force field (or chi), maneuvering oneself in some such way to get the best of this divine force field. But if God is personal, then the question of what kind of personal relationship is available is naturally significant.


The great mystery of what God is like is revealed by Jesus, the Son of God. What was hidden for ages (in the passage above) is twofold: the mysterium salutis and mysterium trinitatis. The mystery of salvation is the unveiling of how God will save humankind and creation -- through the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus the Messiah. The mystery of the Trinity is the revelation of God's nature -- that God exists in Three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Although only the 'Father' and 'Son' are explicitly mentioned in the passage, it will be the Spirit who will bring home this revelation to people. God's true nature will be revealed in word and in encounter, most powerfully after Pentecost when the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth, is poured out.


All this must be revealed. No intelligence or diligence of any kind can pry open these mysteries. God must reveal the mysteries; if not, we would continue to live in complete darkness.


Such revelation of mysteries therefore comes as a divine gift. These are "mysteries" with a capital "M." But we continue to depend on the Triune God for revelation of smaller "mysteries" that shed light on our lives in God. These everyday revelations through the Word and insight are to be cherished and thanked. We depend on them for our daily and seasonal growth in God. The Revealer of these mysteries is the same One who reveals the Big Mysteries of Salvation/salutis and of the Trinity/trinitatis -- the Holy Spirit.


Let's pray that the Spirit of God continues to reveal more of God and our identities and destinies in Christ everyday.


Let's pray: Father God, we thank you that you have revealed yourself through your Son, Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus, we thank you that you reveal the nature of Father God as we gaze upon you and as we experience in our lives what God is like, especially the nature of God's love. Holy Spirit, continue to draw near to us -- indeed, from within open our hearts and minds to grasp with greater clarity and understanding how much we are loved by the Triune God. May we find ourselves immersed today in the immense love and goodness of God and may we return that love and goodness with adoration and thankful hearts. In Jesus' name, amen.