Listen very carefully, I tell you a mystery [a secret truth decreed by God and previously hidden, but now revealed]; we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed], in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at [the sound of] the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 AMP)
When Gene retired from the army, I decided to have a surprise party for him. Because of circumstances and my reluctance to do such things, the event took place six months after he signed the release papers. Planning the party proved difficult for me. I needed Gene’s advice. His area of expertise is food preparation. My creativity shrivels up in the kitchen. I didn’t know the names of his army buddies or his civilian co-workers.
Through the planning stages, I managed to keep the secret, although a few mysteries showed up here and there that made Gene somewhat curious–like the email from one of his army buddies jabbing fun at me for trying to use military time. I got the hours mixed up. Instead of having people arrive at 2:00 p.m., they would’ve showed up at some ungodly hour. I don’t remember how I wiggled my way out of that. But we totally surprised Gene with the party. He wept. When it was over, he said things made sense. All those little mysteries, those oopses, those uh-ohs began to fit together, and Gene realized they were part of the secret I had been keeping for several months.
God had been keeping His plan of salvation a secret for thousands of years. He dropped subtle hints, prophecies, and glimpses of the truth throughout Israel’s history. He set up animal sacrifices not only to remind Israel how grievous sin is, but as a foreshadowing of the Jesus’ sacrifice. Mystery upon mystery revealed at the cross and resurrection of the Messiah.
Yet one mystery remains—the mystery of the resurrection of believers. God has kept the details secret. Jesus said even He didn’t know the day or the hour. It’ll be a surprise celebration like none other. We’ll be lifted up to meet Him in the sky, transformed into His likeness, and clothed in eternal bodies.
The above Scripture passage makes my heart sing every time I read it.
How about you? How does God’s mystery make you feel?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks
P.S. The above picture is another mystery. But I don’t intend to keep it a secret for more than a week. Care to guess what it is?