The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
Colossians 1:26 (NKJV)
If the story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told, and the Bible is the greatest Book ever written, then consider the Bible as a mystery and suspense thriller. Imagine the surprise in bookstores around the world to see the Bible in the 'mystery' aisle. In truth, the Bible could be placed in other sections, like history, nonfiction, and action.
Part One, the Old Testament, reveals God's purpose in creating man--and the reason for our heartaches. It highlights heroes, villains, and prophets. It gives us tough laws and hard lessons, but key questions remained unanswered.
Part Two, the New Testament, stars Jesus Himself, 'The Author and Finisher' (Hebrews 12:2). He reveals great mysteries, leaves others to be discovered, and prepares us for a cataclysmic conclusion.
'I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.' (Matthew 13:17)
'For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.' (Mark 4:22)
We live in the final act of this miraculous story, and the only story that is perfectly true. But this Book, the Bible, is alive. It has parts in it for us--even a great call to action. But, we must learn the Script, follow the Star, and join Part Two's main supporting cast of twelve.
The role of today's supporting actors is clear: to share the Story's mystery, to prepare for the Star, and to invite as many people as possible to His autograph party.