Lent 2020 | Day 17: “Revealed”

Our focus for today is the “revealed.”

One of my favorite moved is “The Prestige.” It is an interesting movie about two magicians who are vying to become the best in the world. What makes the movie compelling is that you don’t quite know what is going on. You see what they want you to see, but the “trick” that is being played against us (the audience) is not easy to pick up on.

In one of the early scenes, we are given a hint at what the movie is really about. The three acts of a magic trick are explained.

“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.” [Source]

The prestige of every trick is the part of the trick that the audience is anticipating but has doubts of its achievement. This is the part that causes the awe in those watching.

I don’t want to conflate a movie with the Word of God. I do want to say that when I think about the miracle of Jesus being born and dying for the redemption of the world is like the prestige of a trick. The reason being that when we consider what the Scriptures claim Jesus actually did, not merely pretended to do, we all struggle to believe our eyes.

But that is exactly what we are called to do.

There are two passages of scripture that point to truthfulness of this revelation: Romans 5:6 and Galatians 4:4a.

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son…”

Both of these passages speak of a moment in time. A point in history when God exploded through the veil of eternity and made himself known in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. God had to wait for the right time to make his entrance. Why? Because God was working something out that required perfect time.

In Jesus, the fullness of God was revealed to the world (Colossian 2:9).

In Jesus, the power of God’s grace was finally demonstrated.

In Jesus, the wonder of God’s mercy was finally made available.

In Jesus, the God of the universe was revealed.

As we continue our steady march toward Resurrection Sunday, we must ask ourselves: have we seen what God has revealed? If so, can others see it in us?

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