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With Hein’s sight

Hindsight, people say, is always the best insight, because when something has already happened, everyone knows exactly how and what the outcome is. A friend of mine always says “Hein’s sight” is the best. Of course, his name is Hein.

Try to put yourself in the shoes of the prophets when the Holy Spirit convinced them of the coming of Jesus. That He would die as Saviour, but also that He would rise. However, they didn’t know when and where it would happen.

11The Messiah’s Spirit let them in on some of it—that the Messiah would experience suffering, followed by glory. They clamoured to know who and when.

I’m like that too. If I know something is coming, I want to know where and when and how and such. I will keep looking until I find it. I will pick up every rock and rug until I get to the big news.

I still remember how we played Geocaching with the kids. It’s a kind of global treasure hunt where people look for caches, or hidden “treasures” that other people hide in places all over the world. To get to it, you need to download the App on your phone and try to locate the treasure closest to you, using the directions on the App.

On the App, you will find clues that can lead you to the treasure. The treasures are usually hidden at tourist attractions or beautiful places in nature. The “treasure” is usually a very small gift, such as a key holder or a book or a pendant. If you find it, of course, you have to replace the treasure with something else.

Of course, it’s not about the “treasure”, but more about finding the treasure. And while you do it, you see new places or learn something historical. And when you return home, you enjoy talking about all the new things you’ve learned and seen.

I suspect that you, the reader, have also discovered the treasure of Jesus. We don’t have to wonder like the prophets when and where it will happen. We know that Jesus died on the cross on Calvary more than 2 000 years ago.

We know that He rose from the dead on the Sunday. We also know that 40 days thereafter He ascended to heaven and the same Spirit that worked in prophets was given to all who believe in Him right there and then.

The question is: What do we do with the advantage we have over the prophets? What do we do with hindsight? Maybe we should go look for the life-changing treasure again. We know it, but maybe we just need to say it out loud again and make it a complete part of our being.

We found the treasure of all treasures. It opens up a new world for us. It changes our status from lost to saved. Instead of hell, we get heaven by grace alone.

Let us live again as people with a great treasure in our being. Let it drive us to change the world, and let us share the wonderful news about which we do not have to wonder with others, so that they no longer have to wonder, but can live, like us, with this wonderful hindsight!

1 Peter 1:10-12

What do you do with this hindsight?
How does it change the way you live?
How can others see it?

Father, how can one say thank you for such a great treasure? Help me live in such a way that others can see what a big difference this treasure has made in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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