Explaining Our Hope

Author: Bethany Acker — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: March 18, 2021

Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens
Explaining Our Hope

I don’t know about you, but I love a good mystery. The allure of figuring out where that certain key item is hidden, the suspense of the unknown, the intrigue! And that’s the cool thing about the book of Colossians: this letter to the church at Colossae centers on the solution to the greatest mystery of all. What was this long-hidden mystery, revealed to the believers in Colossae (and to us as well) (Colossians 1:25-26)? Spoiler alert: Jesus Christ is the mystery (Colossians 2:2)! Everything in the history of God’s plan—all the Old Testament sacrifices, rules, prophets, and kings—were clues pointing to the way for us sinners to be made right with the God of the universe. Jesus is the solution! Everything God promised His people was fulfilled in Jesus Christ when He died for us on the cross to cancel our debt of sin that condemned us (Colossians 2:9-15). From the time when humans first sinned, God had a plan to draw us to Himself. He knew nothing we could do in our own power would be sufficient enough to grant us a right relationship—and, ultimately, eternal life—with Him, so He sent us His Son (Ephesians 2:4-10). When we put our trust in Jesus alone as the sacrifice for our sins, we have grasped the “wealth of this mystery” God has revealed to us: Christ in us (Colossians 1:27). As Christians, we have hope that Jesus, our risen Savior, is with us always and will dwell with us forever. • Savannah Coleman • The whole Bible is the true story of how God is rescuing His people from sin and death—of bringing them back after sin separated them from Him. It’s a mystery story of how God would somehow bring salvation from sin and all the brokenness it brings. To learn more about Jesus, the One who was the answer to that mystery, check out our “Know Jesus” page. I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. Colossians 2:2 (CSB)


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1 Peter 3:14-22