One Secret Out, One Hidden
Creating, Recreating Spirit, brood over me. I rejoice that You can lift me, comfort me and move me forward with You.
Read Mark 14:53–65
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“The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints…this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:26,27; ESV).
Mark began his Gospel by announcing Jesus as “Son of God” (ESV). Up to his hearing before the Sanhedrin, Jesus himself had not said so—that was left to the Father (and the demons). Jesus told people not to identify him. It is only as he stood alone, undefended and powerless, that he declared his true identity. The high priest asks a direct question and the reply is “I am.” It was time for the cross—and so time to go public. Jesus’ reply comes from Psalm 110:1 (ESV): “The LORD says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool’”; and Daniel 7:13,14: “There before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” This is Jesus’ true identity and this was the basis of his authority. One secret remained, however. The king of the universe was on the way to the cross. Only through hindsight do we know that it was through the cross that he would establish his kingdom. His kingdom is unlike the regimes which tried him. Christianity is not a private matter. Christ’s claims are public truths, to be lived and taught publicly. Christian witness and activity in the public square have a distinctive understanding of
power, modeled on the self-sacrifice of its Lord, who would not use worldly power to defend himself. We are called to confess Christ and to live his life of love in public, so that all people may know him as he is.
Ask God to give you the wisdom and courage of Jesus, who knew when and when not to speak, and spoke openly when the time was right.
Father, I need special grace from you in my use of words. Often I speak when I should remain silent, and often I remain silent when I should speak. Fill me and use me, Lord.