“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” -Romans 6:3-4
A wise colleague once mentioned the “unexplainable hope of an inexplicable God.” At first this seemed redundant, a pithy way to convey a complicated truth. But “inexplicable” not only means unexplainable; it includes an air of mystery. Whatever is inexplicable is what mystifies those who seek it. What a perfect way to describe a God of divinity, humanity and the Holy Spirit.
The inherent mystery of God is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. A God who gives us simple, finite answers narrows and ignores the infinite complexities of life. A God soaked in mystery is unafraid of the tidal waves that change the course of our lives, and joins in the newness and nuance. A God who delights in mystery opens the whole world up to joy, depth and ceaseless enlightenment. A God who dwells in mystery helps us accept what we cannot understand – suffering, disaster, darkness.
Our God of mystery became human in Christ Jesus, and we are deeply connected to all of humankind in the Holy Spirit. Baptism reminds us of this deep connection in a holy way. The surprised squeal of a child in the waters of baptism sounds like newness of life – newness in all its mystery, joy, sometimes discomfort and change. God delights in the newness of life we find in Christ Jesus, wherever the waves of mystery may lead us.
God of mystery and might, lead us to newness of life in you. May we learn to accept
and delight in the mystery of your created world. Amen.