I loved playing hide and seek as a child. I was always on the lookout for great hiding places that hopefully no one else had thought off, so that the next time we played the game, I’d win, because it would take longer to find me.
The game of hide and seek also takes place in the Bible. Game one was played in the Garden of Eden. As soon as sin entered the world, the first thing Adam and Eve did was foolishly attempt to hide from God. That didn’t work out so well. It’s never a good idea to play hide and seek with the creator of the universe. Besides, God doesn’t even play the game right. He never starts by saying, “Ready or not, here I come.”
The Bible reveals that another game of hide and seek, a very frightful one, will take place in the last days. In Revelation 6:15-16, we’re told that “the kings of the earth… the rich and the powerful… and everyone, slave and free, will be calling out to the rocks and hills to fall on them, to hide them from the face of him who is seated on the throne. But in that Day of Judgment, there will be no place to hide.
Centered between Genesis and Revelation stands the cross of Christ. There, the full wrath of God came down upon Him, and at that moment of judgment, there was nowhere for Jesus to hide. No mercy, no grace, no compassion. Jesus, for our sake, was fully exposed to the cruelty of sin and the wrath of God upon it.
The good news is that because of the cross, Jesus became our hiding place. For hidden in Him, we escape the judgment we deserve for our sins. Outside of Christ, there is no safe place to hide.
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3
“Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.”