Every motion in life has a mysterious beginning
We should start at the first sign of an idea, a thought that consists of steps that involve many people, places, and intricacies that can confound those seeking a result. At most events that have a preconceived plan the players must be chosen according to their abilities and tenacity.
Take a moment and consider the plan God was preparing, as detailed in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It is noted as a mystery with the Holy Spirit being the intricate center of all that is about to occur. There will be three acts encompassing this production, each one building on the one before it. As the play begins there are curtains shadowing the players, then unfolding in the acts through many scenes.
God’s opening evolves as a stage play with some specific moves as we watch the players silhouetted behind several curtains. However, in order to not get too far into this play, we must begin with the very essence of how the Lord puts the plan into motion.
There are many actors that have specific positions according to the script and God was careful when assigning each their part. Look at Genesis where Adam and Eve broke with God by committing the sin of rejection. This would become the significant entity that inspired this stage play.
Here the elements that God would use for this production began to fit in the series of acts and the place each actor would appear. The pattern of many prophets, judges, and wisdom books would take their supportive part as the story unfolds for the stage.
The Holy Spirit enters and the collection of each player’s role opens up and we find a young maiden being startled by an Angel, Gabriel who brings her a question. Upon her decision the whole stage play revolves. She answers yes, and God’s plan can move ahead to the opening scene.
Lights dim, the music starts, as we watch the first curtain slowly open revealing the presence of God and behold the mystery appears as a hidden episode of his divine plan, conceived under the impulse of love, but hidden from man. We await in anticipation of what is coming in the next scene.
Mary’s willing acceptance of becoming the Mother of God, through his divine birth, the second scene is about to begin, as the Incarnation is present and the mystery of who Jesus is and his mission now is revealed in him. All the many activities of the prophets, judges, and wisdom books are now present and the world will be judged for the sin of Adam.
Finally the last curtain now is pulled back and behold it is us, man, who follows the last part of the script, as God’s plan is realized as a mystery and our edict of following Christ has become the final step of this mystery.
There will be a curtain call as the players enter the stage to bow; the stage now is set in heaven as those who are chosen and given a robe of white take the applause from the saints and the Holy Trinity.
Ralph B. Hathaway