April 30, 2018
On March 10, 1956, four B-47 bombers, took off from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida for a non-stop flight to an air base in Morocco, on a routine mission. Each of the bombers carried two capsules of nuclear weapons material. The material was contained in carrying cases insuring that, without proper assembly, a nuclear detonation was not possible. Because of the distances involved it was necessary to refuel the bombers, in flight, twice during the flight. The first refueling effort was successful, but due to heavy cloud cover during the second refueling attempt something went terribly wrong and one of the B-47’s simply disappeared. An immediate search was instituted, but the U.S. Air Force search teams, with help from teams from multiple countries were unsuccessful in finding any sign of the missing plane. The disappearance remains a mystery, with the probability that no one will ever know what happened on that plane.
In general, we as human beings are very curious about the unknown. The Bible contains many accounts of things that are mysterious, but the greatest mystery of life has always been about God Himself and what he has planned for those who place their trust in him for the future. 1 Corinthians 2:7-9, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Paul is explaining to the Corinthian church that the unveiling of the mystery of God and of life is now possible for believers through the Holy Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-12, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” There are some mysteries on this earth which man may never be able to explain, but the ultimate mystery of a living God, revealed through his Son Jesus Christ, can only be known through the Holy Spirit of God living in us.
I believe that we are living in the what the Bible refers to as the “end times.” Jesus explained the mysteries of the “end times” to his disciples through parables. In Luke 12, Jesus explained an account of some servants who were waiting on their master to return from a wedding. Luke 12:42-46, “The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.” We all enjoy watching the television shows which depict the world’s dumbest criminals. One episode showed two bank robbers who were in the process of holding up a bank. Apparently they were very nervous and when a loud noise occurred during the robbery, they panicked and grabbed two money bags and ran out the door. Unfortunately for them, in their haste, they picked up two bags full of pennies. Next to the bags they picked up were two bags with over $50,000 in them. Sometimes Christians, like the nervous bank robbers, become impatient in waiting on the Lord’s return and begin to snatch up what little pleasure they can get out of life and miss the best treasures God has for them.
In Acts 1:9-11, angels were speaking to Jesus’ disciples about His mysterious departure from them. “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Just like those disciples, we have the promise that Jesus is coming back to this earth someday, perhaps very soon. When He returns, believers, who have been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, should want to be found faithful to Him in what they have done with the time He has given them. The Jews who missed the coming of their Messiah were like some Christians today who are not looking for Christ to return because it would interfere with plans they are making, or the love of material things they have acquired. The fact is, the more we realize the reality of eternity and Christ’s sure return, the more desire we should have to be faithful to live our lives for Him, no matter what mysteries of life we encounter. Revelation 19:11-16, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Yes, it is no mystery, Jesus is coming again!! There will continue to be many mysteries in the days ahead, but as believers who possess the Holy Spirit, the promise of the soon return of Jesus Christ should cause us to behave as if Jesus’ coming were going to be today.