Solving the Mystery
Christ died for us while we were still sinners. In this way God shows his great love for us. - Romans 5:8 ICB
One of the most popular places to visit in England is Stonehenge. Its massive pieces of granite are a great source of mystery. Every year, people travel to Stonehenge with questions such as: Why were they put there? Who built this? How did they do it? But visitors leave having received no answers from the silent stones. The mystery remains.
The Scriptures speak of a greater mystery—the fact that God came to live among us as a man: “Great is the mystery of godliness,” Paul says (1 Timothy 3:16 NKJV). “He was shown to us in a human body, proved right by the Spirit, and seen by angels. He was preached to the nations, believed in by the world, and taken to heaven in glory” (v. 16 ICB).
This brief review of the life of Christ—the mystery of godliness—is amazing. What led to our Savior’s great sacrifice, however, is not a mystery. “Christ died for us while we were still sinners. In this way God shows his great love for us” (Romans 5:8 ICB). God’s great love solves the mystery of godliness. The cross has made it plain for everyone to see.
As far as historians know, the stones at Stonehenge were first placed there about 4,000 years ago. They think the current stones were set in place about 3,600 years ago.