Mystery buffs love to search out the clues to solve mysterious occurrences. With the passion of a mystery buff, great philosophers and scholars have sought to uncover the mystery of creation and the secrets of this life. God has chosen to keep some things still covered, but over time He has revealed certain truths that have shown remarkable connections.  The Bible is full of these mysteries, yet, has been shown to have a connected theme, which revolves around God and His Son and their love for mankind. 

On yesterday we began the season of Advent. This season marks the four weeks leading up to the celebration of the Christ coming into the world the first time. It also notes that we are looking for this Christ to appear a second time. A mystery unveiled in this statement:

I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end," says the Lord God. "I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One." Revelation 1:8 (NLT)

Jesus, speaking of Himself describes Himself as the One who was in the beginning, who though He always was, is yet here and is still to come. Only a believer blessed with revelation from God Himself can understand this. Just as water takes the form of vapor, of ice, of liquid – so the Christ was Creator, Created: here, gone; but yet still here; and yet is still the One to Come. 

Nonsense the world says. Yet, we who have been touched by the Spirit of God can know Him, can feel Him, and can yet long for Him to come! We are sojourners on this earth, looking for the redemption of our Lord:

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

1861 translation by John Mason Neale from Hymns Ancient and Modern

Advent was known as a season of prayer and. fasting, of repentance, of longing to be renewed by the Spirit of God and conformed into the image of Christ. Sadly, we as contemporary Christians we spend much of the month of December in parties and festivities that do little to honor the God we say we worship. Let us break this trend, and return to seeking God for all that He has mean to us, all that He is to us, and all that we want Him to be.

Maria