A Great Mystery

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’ Acts 13:21-25

In a few short sentences, Paul outlined the lineage of Jesus. Everybody knew about David being an “anchor” in the Messianic line, but he connected the dots, so to speak, when he mentioned Jesus. Everybody knew the Messiah would come but they weren’t sure what to look for. And if He did come, why would he come in their generation, they had to ask themselves. They were expecting something different.

We have these kind of thoughts about when Jesus will return, what He’ll do when He returns, the rapture, and heaven in general. There are enough scholars who have studied all possible sides of His return, that it’s hard to conclude exactly what will take place. That something will take place is evident. How or when it will transpire is still a great mystery.

As it should be.

Enjoy your morning worship!

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