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Christ is the evidence of God's mysterious plan divulged on the cross which represents His unconditional love, mercy, kindness, peace and provision made available for all mankind, in accordance with His eternal purpose.

Reference: Colossians 2:2 New Living Translation (NIV) "I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself."

Here, Paul's goal was to encourage the Colossian Christians such that they would be of one heart and united in love, thereby attaining the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.

God's mercy is so endless and plentiful that He stored it all up for us in Christ, who is an unfathomable and profound mystery. Christ is the mystery of Godliness that manifested in the flesh for this very reason: To fulfil God's eternal plan for humankind. The beloved Son of God obtained a bodily existence in order to give us hope and establish our redemption and salvation. The Bible says, "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace" (Ephesians 1:7 NIV). God is so rich in mercy, kindness and grace that He sent His only Son to purchase our freedom with His own blood by which He forgave our sins.

How did this happen? He was crucified on the cross, a painful means of putting the worst of criminals to death by the Jews. People who died by this torturous form of execution known as crucifixion, were acknowledged as those under God's curse meaning that there is a divine curse placed on a hanged person. No wonder Galatians 3:13 (NLT) reads, 'But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."' Although it was a shameful death of a criminal, it was God's mysterious plan in operation on the cross.

Beloved, many people observed His crucifixion and hurled insults at Him as a criminal but He endured the shame and the sufferings for our sake. Now Paul is presenting the same Christ as God's mysterious plan, who is now resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, denoting His pre-eminence, thereby urging us as Christians to reflect His priority in our Christian race and encouraging us to be rooted in Him with one heart. So how do we live our lives to achieve this goal? Hebrews 12:2 reads, "We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne" (NLT).

This season, as you focus on Jesus and the significance of His death, burial and resurrection, be strengthened and clothed in His love, with His peace ruling in your heart, walking faithfully before the Lord and leading a life worthy of His calling. In Romans 16:25 (NIV), Paul writes, "Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past. In other words, now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as Paul's message of Good News declares. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed God eternal plan for us, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time (NLT). Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Acts 2:23; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 4:27-28; Ephesians 3:9-11; Acts 15:18; 2 Timothy 1:9-10.

Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for revealing part of your mysterious plan on the cross by sending your only beloved Son to die for me. You foreknew me and also predestined me to be saved and be conformed to the image of your Son, in order to serve you and live for your glory. For this reason, I celebrate Christ's death, burial and resurrection and His Person, full of grace and truth, with love, kindled by faith and flowing out in grateful response, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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