GodReflection: God Shares His Secret
He (Christ the Messiah) was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20
We humans want to think of deliverance in military and political terms. From the base of power the value of freedom is promised. At the end of the day deliverance and freedom are never fully supplied.
Our expectations come from our shallow experience and from the failure to understand the nature of misguided expectations. My wrong hopes come when I fail to see God’s bigger picture.
Both patriarchs and prophets spoke of promised land and freedom. The Prophets told of a future time when God would send Messiah to deliver and set right all wrongs.
God’s people interpreted those promises through the lens of their own experiences. Reasoning from the political resulted in misguided expectation.
For them Messiah was to come in the linage of King David as the God sent conqueror and liberator of the people.
The Hebrew nation would know when the deliverer arrived. They would know him by the actions of his sword and shield. He would be their conquering and liberating king.
As history evolved and Rome came to power Messiah’s arrival could not come too soon. There was one problem. Their expectation was misdirected. Their version of Messiah was not God’s version.
Their Messiah was tied to palaces not pastures. They did not see God’s big picture. It was still God’s secret knowledge within the Holy Trinity.
Thus, the true identity and methodology of Messiah was covered behind a secret cloud.
Only the Godhead knew.
We people types had to wait until a baby was born in a hillside cave where livestock was sheltered and fed.
The infant Jesus grew to manhood and took the veil from Messiah to revealed his identity. The secret was out. Messiah in human flesh was Christ the deliverer. This Christ man personified sonship, grace, love, justice, life, light, body, unity. He was a walking portrait of humility and service. He reflected the way I am to live while on this globe.
Yet, the religious missed him. He did not align with their daily rituals of Temple church nor with their unshakable belief in the way they defined religion.
Here’s my danger.
I have lived my entire life within a highly structured religious system. With good hearts my church tribe has always desired to follow God.
Like all humans, we have a tendency to institutionalize into a religious form beliefs created by previous generations along with our own conclusions. Often, we see only our closely focused picture rather than the secret God’s unveiled on our behalf.
I must be careful not to miss the revealed Jesus because I am obsessed with right religion rather than Messiah recognition.
As the veil drops I learn:
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:9-10).
The ultimate secret shared by God through the Christ child’s birth is I am the benefactor of a God’s secret Deliverer, Jesus the Messiah.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on The Secret Deliverer