I read recently about a man who filled his car with petrol. After he had paid and driven away, he realised that he had left the petrol cap on top of his car. He stopped and looked and, sure enough, it was gone.
He thought for a second and realised that other people must have done the same thing and that it was worth going back to look by the side of the road. Even if he could’t find his own petrol cap, he might be able to find another one that fit. Sure enough, after only a short time of searching, he found a petrol cap. He carefully wiped it and slipped it into place with a satisfying click.
He told his wife as he climbed back into the car: “I may have lost my petrol cap, but I found another one that fits and it’s even a better cap than the one I had - it locks...” Oops! A locking petrol cap is a great idea - but only if you have the key that opens it!
Understanding the Bible is much the same way. Remember when Jesus first began speaking in parables - his apostles came to him for an explanation. They wanted the “key” and Jesus gave it to them. Jesus said: “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.” All through the Old Testament, God was preparing for Jesus Christ to come to this earth, but no one fully realised what that would mean.
The prophets foretold his coming. They didn’t fully understand but we do. We know the significance of the crucifixion and the resurrection. Jesus is alive and he can be with us by his Spirit.