CRACK THE CODE

Kryptos is a sculpture in a courtyard at the Central Intelligence headquarters in Langley, VA. It holds an encrypted message that has not been fully deciphered. It’s been 30 years since the tall scroll of copper with thousands of punched-through letters was unveiled.

Three of the four passages in the sculpture have been decrypted. But one passage remains uncracked even after three decades. And that is a source of curiosity, consternation and delight to thousands of people around the globe.

The sculptor, Jim Sanborn, has been hounded for years by code-breaking enthusiasts. Twice, in 2010 and again 2014 he has provided clues to help these folks solve the passages. And he has offered a clue to help solve the last passage. It is the word “Northeast” at positions 26 through 34.

Sanborn devised the codes that he used for the passages with the help of Edward Scheidt, retired chairman of the CIA’s cryptographic center. The passages follow a theme of concealment and discovery, each more difficult than the last.

Lots of people really want to solve this puzzle. After so much time has passed and only one passage remains there is a great desire by many to finally crack the code. There are many problems in this world that are seemingly unsolvable, this is one where there is a chance that it could be solved.

But humanity’s biggest problem has already been solved. Luke 8:16-17 tells us, “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl or under a bed. A lamp is always put on a lampstand, so that people who come into a house will see the light. There is nothing hidden that will not be found. There is no secret that will not be well known.”

The word in the Greek for “hidden” is kryptos, the same as the sculpture. Hiding the message of the sculpture is the point but the point of the Gospel is that it is not hidden. There is no code to crack to understand God’s message to us. It’s not meant to be hidden - it is a light for all to see.

The Gospel message is that God loves us, wants to forgive us and desires a personal relationship with us. Jesus is the way, he lights the path to God. We can know purpose and meaning in this life and spend eternity with God in the afterlife. It’s a message that is crystal clear and easy for anyone to comprehend.

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