The Mysteries of Jesus
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”
(Isaiah 9: 6-7)
China’s ancient history records that emissaries and scholars were sent to the West to find, “the great saint prophesized to be there.” The records also explain the situation at that time:
On April 8th of the 24th year of the “Joo” Nation’s “Chaowa” - , a brightly twinkling star appeared in the southwest sky. The king of Joo was surprised by the illumination and asked his scholars, who had the ability to prophesy things, about it. They showed the king a book and, while explaining its contents, said that the mysterious sign meant that a great saint would appear in the west and that His religion would come to the Joo nation. The king was elated after he discovered that the time of the book’s prophesy coincided with the period of his nation. To gain even more information about the record, he sent the court emissaries Cha-yoo and Chin-king, and the scholar Wangjoon and 15 others to the West. These learned men left to welcome the promised Savior, since they knew the date and place of the His birth. On their way, they met a team of Buddhist monks from India who were spreading Buddhism. The Chinese scholars mistook them for the disciples of Christ, accepted their teachings and introduced what they learned to the Chinese people. For this reason, Buddhism instead of Christianity came to China. Can you imagine how tragic this mistake was?
Since the birth of Jesus, God the Creator who came to the world as a man, many mysterious things have occurred. His birth was not that of a king in a nation but of the Savior of the whole world, so mysterious things have occurred all over the world. The Magi who presented gifts to the baby Jesus were astronomers not from Judea but from Persia, today’s Iran. At that time, an angel from heaven proclaimed the great Good News - Luke 2:10: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” And an army of angels came down and praised Him: Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” If you don’t acknowledge or believe in the truth that Jesus came to the world in Incarnation, then you are a non-believer and will never be saved. The fact of your believing the mystery of Jesus or not is so important that it determines your entire eternal destiny.
1. The Mystery of The Virgin Mary (The Virgin Birth)
When Joseph, Mary’s fiancée, tried to secretly stop the fact that Mary had conceived from spreading, the Angel of the Lord appeared and said to Joseph, “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20). In around 700 B.C., Isaiah prophesized, saying, “Behold, the virgin will be with a child, and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14). This prophesy was thus fulfilled.
The fact of Mary’s Virgin Birth cannot be understood with human reasoning or scientific knowledge since it is a mystery accomplished by God the Creator with His creative powers, which we must accept on faith. If you don’t believe this mystery, you might be regarded as one who doesn’t believe in God or Jesus. Genesis 3:15 contains the prophesy, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Here “her offspring” means Jesus, who was going to be conceived not by a man but by the Holy Spirit. “Enmity” which hurts the ankle of the “son of a woman” is “Satan the demon”. If He had not been conceived by the Holy Spirit, He could not have become our Savior, and His Divinity would be denied.
2. The Mystery of Incarnation
Since the creation of all creatures by God the Creator, the most mysterious thing to have occurred is God’s entry into time and space as a human creature. This is called “Do-sung-in-shin” in Chinese -truth accomplishes human body. John 1:14 reads: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”. We should believe that He is truly God AND truly human.
In John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. If you believe the divinity of Jesus, you should believe the fact of God’s incarnation. If you cannot believe the mystery of Jesus, you are not a Christian and cannot he be saved.
1 John 4:2-3 reads: “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist.” The spirit of the Antichrist, which is the spirit of Satan, leads us to doubt the fact of the Incarnation.
There could not have been a sacrifice as sin offering, or the shedding of blood for our Redemption, if He had not been conceived by the Holy Spirit. He could not have become our Savior. Even doubting Thomas confessed his vast faith, calling out, “My Lord, my God,” after touching the wounds on His body.
3. The Mystery of Immanuel
Matthew 1:23 reads: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel”. This is another name for Jesus and means “God is with us”.
Looking in the Bible, we see that God, who left sinful man and sits on the throne in heaven, came closer and closer to man again. He first came closer to man invoking fear, descending in smoke and fire on the top of a mountain with smoke billowing up as if from a furnace. (Exodus 19:18 following). He next came closer descending in a Tabernacle on the ground (Leviticus, Numbers). The third time, the Word, which is God, came to the world in flesh and finally died for us, forsaking Himself. This is like a father in Busan, who fails to contact his son in Seoul via mail and phone, and, since mailing and calling are insufficient to deliver his love for his son, finally decides to visit himself.
Since Jesus came in the flesh and died on the cross as a sacrifice to atone for our sins, He broke the wall between God and us so that God has been with us ever since. Therefore, Jesus is called “Immanuel”.
Next, God came much closer into our hearts as the Holy Spirit, and now abides there. Before Jesus ascended, He said, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16). God, who was sitting on His throne in heaven so far away from us came into each heart through Jesus; therefore, He is now with us everyday. He said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:18-20).
4. The Mystery of Death
Jesus’ greatest work is His dying on the Cross for our sins. There has never been such a death of Atonement like Jesus’ in human history. Jesus, who has the authority to forsake or give life, took His Cross in the early morning and walked towards Golgotha. When He was scourged and whipped and fell down so often while bearing His Cross, Simon of Cyrene stopped and took the Cross instead.
When Jesus got to the top of Golgotha, bloodied and wounded, He was laid on the Cross and nailed through His hands and feet. When the Cross was roughly raised, His nailed hands and feet were torn and bled greatly. After 6 hours on the Cross, Roman soldiers pierced His side with a spear and He shed so much blood that He at last shed water. When He died, He cried, “It is accomplished.” His work of Redemption to save us from our sins and send us to heaven was accomplished. The death of Jesus was truly mysterious.
5. The Mystery of Resurrection
Jesus died and was buried, but people couldn’t confine Him - the Lord of Life - to the tomb. On the third day, as prophesied, He emerged from His tomb and became alive forever. All the tombs of religious founders in the world still exist, but the tomb of Jesus is empty. Christianity is the religion of Resurrection. It is said that no one has salvation unless he believes the Resurrection (Romans 10:9).
The Resurrection of Jesus truly proved He is the Son of God. The Resurrection proves His Divinity.
6. The Mystery of The Ascension
In the spring of 1961, when man explored space, the whole world was surprised and spoke a lot about it. But it was not the first time that man had explored space. There was an earlier occasion.
After His Resurrection, Jesus remained for 40 days and brought His disciples to Mt. Olive. There, Jesus ascended into the clouds. Everyone looked at Him wide-eyed with surprise. He didn’t use a space ship or rocket or wear a spacesuit. He just ascended into the clouds. He returned to the Throne of God where He had come from. He went back to the Glory, which existed before Creation.
The Resurrection proved that Jesus is the Son of God and His Ascension proved that He is the Lord of all Creation. He defeated the power of death through His Resurrection. Through His Ascension, He showed that He has all power of Heaven and Earth. “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.” Philippians 2:9.
7. The Mystery of The Advent
In the Old Testament, the First Coming of Jesus was prophesized, but as time went by, the desires of the prophets faded. Jesus came down at the time when the promise had almost been forgotten, and nobody knew who He was or was prepared to accept Him.
Like this, the Bible promises us that Jesus will come down again at the end of the world. Even though the Bible speaks eight times more about the Second Coming than it does about the First, people have begun to doubt whether He will come again. They believe His promise might be in vain. However, Jesus will come down again as He did in His First Coming. All of the prophecies have been accomplished. There has not been even one vain promise. The promise is the Word of Almighty God.
Jesus’ Second Coming is the accomplishment of God’s Works of Creation and Salvation work. It is also the final desire of saints and believers. If you don’t believe in the mystery of the Advent, you are not a Christian and won’t be saved, even though you attend church.
When Jesus comes again from heaven, the dead-but-saved will resurrect first and meet Jesus, and the surviving people will be suddenly transformed, as a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, and taken up. After the Thousand Year Kingdom is accomplished, the dead-but-not-saved will resurrect. This is the Second Resurrection. They will be judged before the White Throne of God, cast into the lake of the everlasting fire of Hell and be afflicted there eternally.
If you don’t believe in any of the mysteries: of the Virgin Birth, of The Incarnation, of Immanuel, of Death, of The Resurrection, of The Ascension or of The Advent, you are not a truly saved Christian. Brothers, I hope all of you are blessed who believe in all of the mysteries of Jesus.