Colossians 2:1-3 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 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.
What is Paul’s struggle for these Christians at Colossae that have never seen Paul in the flesh? Paul struggles mightily for these and all Christians (including you) so that they would be assured of “God’s mystery which is in Christ,” so that they would understand “God’s mystery which is in Christ,” and so that through knowing “God’s mystery which is in Christ,” you would see your heart knit together with the hearts of all other Christians (including even Paul) and that you would have great courage in this world.
So, this begs the question? What is this mystery that Paul speaks of? What is the mystery that unites you with other Christians? What is the mystery that fills you with courage in a dangerous and deadly world?
The mystery that Paul writes of…Jesus!
Paul wants us to be assured that Jesus is truly God, born into human flesh—fully God and fully man. Paul wants you to understand that Jesus has taken your sins upon himself and paid their price on the cross. Paul wants you to take courage that Jesus has risen from the dead and, because you are united with Jesus in your Baptism, that you will also rise to eternal life with Jesus! This is the mystery Paul wants you to know and believe.
So, why is it a mystery? Because human reason and wisdom can’t figure it out. You can think, and think, and think some more and you won’t figure it out. You can reason, ponder, translate, and work mathematical equations and you still won’t have a clue. This mystery isn’t one that is “figured out” or discovered—this mystery is only revealed by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit works through the Word and the Sacraments to make Jesus known to you this day! Believe it! And receive all the blessings that come through knowing the mystery of Jesus!
Dearest Lord, in your love you have made known your Son, Jesus Christ, and the forgiveness, life, and salvation that is hidden in him. Receive our thanks for all the blessings we richly receive through Jesus, and continue to make this mystery known to all people; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.