It’s Sunday School humor 101.
“What’s the answer to every question asked in the little kids class?”
Then we chuckle to ourselves, “Ha, ha! How cute!”
Uh, no. Actually, pretty profound. An “out of the mouth of babes” thing. ‘Cause Jesus really is the answer.
But [the Israelites] minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
(2Corinthians 3:14-16 ESV)
Paul’s contrasting the old covenant with the new. The law of Moses, “the ministry of death” carved in letters of stone, which came with “such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory” compared to the “ministry of the Spirit” which gives life, imputes righteousness, and comes with far exceeding glory (2Cor. 3:6-11). And the key which unlocks the old to reveal the new? The super power which opens up hardened minds and removes the cover from veiled hearts? Cue everyone’s go to Sunday School answer — “Jesus!”
I recall an old southern gospel classic sung by Jake Hess, Prayer is the Key to Heaven (But Faith Unlocks the Door). Well, if I’m picking up what Paul’s laying down, reading and meditating and studying might unlock the door, but Jesus is the key to the Scriptures. He is the fulfillment of all that is written in what we call the Old Testament (Lk. 24:44). He unlocks the reasons, the foreshadows, and the ultimate fulfillment of everything written by Moses and the Prophets (Mt. 5:17, Lk. 24:27). He’s all over the pages of the Psalms (Lk. 20:41-44). Think Jesus as you’re reading the Old Testament and light bulbs start coming on as you’re reading the Old Testament.
Encountered that this morning as I read in Psalm 98. A call for all to sing to the LORD a new song when His right hand and holy arm is revealed. A day when His righteousness is known in the sight of the nations. A day when all the ends of the earth will have seen the salvation of God. A day when the LORD comes to judge the world with righteousness. A day when trumpets will sound, and a joyful noise is made before the King, the LORD! What’s the psalmist talking about? Who’s the songwriter singing about? Jesus!
Jesus, the One who has come as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world, is the One who is coming again as the King of Kings to rule in glory over all the earth. The first time, the promised Messiah came not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many (read that also this morning in Mk. 10:45), but the next time He comes every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Php. 2:10-11).
Jesus really is the answer. Only through Christ is the veil removed. He alone unlocks the Scriptures.
Opening my Bible every morning there’s a sense of anticipation. Where’s Jesus? And rare is the morning when I don’t, at some point, experience a sense of exhilaration. There He is!
Unveiled by His grace. Revealed for His glory.