Wednesday, April 26, 2017
You never saw him yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him.-with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.
The prophets who told us that this was coming asked a lot of questions about this gift of life God was preparing. The Messiah’s Spirit let them in on some of it-that the Messiah would experience suffering, followed by glory. They clamored to know who and when. All they were told was that they were serving you, you who by orders from heaven have now heard for yourselves-through the Holy Spirit-the Message of those prophecies fulfilled. Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this! 1 Peter 1.8b-12
A Word of Hope
I’ve read this passage before but always missed the message of hope that I’m noticing today. This passage comes early in the book and I have always rushed past it looking for the meat of things. Funny how in looking for the meat, I’ve overlooked exactly the thing I was looking for; the hope for our lives that is so plainly expressed here, the hope that our faith and preparation will be rewarded. How much we love our triune God and God’s son Jesus! These words are reassuring us that our faith is in something real and that matters both here and now and in the future.
The prophets told us that Jesus would be coming; they foretold his death and resurrection in ways that were probably not understood by the people of the day. They were left to trust and hope, much like we are, but we have the reassurance of the resurrection that our faith is in something real and that it will be rewarded. None-the-less, our faith is still faith and mine is laced with doubt. These words shrink that doubt for me. In the past they “clamored to know who and when.” How much easier it should be for us who know who and when and are waiting in hope for what’s next. As we move from Advent through Lent into Easter, how much more we should be filled with laughter and singing. How much more we know than those who came before our Messiah. We have seen the prophecies fulfilled. For this we are indeed fortunate.
At the end here, we are thrown another bone to think about: “Angels would have given anything to be in on this!” I don’t know enough about angels and angel lore, but this sentence just doesn’t seem like an afterthought. I have no idea why angels would have given anything to be in on this, but this whole idea seems important. Whatever it is, it seems to me that we have been given a gift that is so important and meaningful that beings who are so close to God as angels would have liked to have been given this gift. This mystery is something that I hope will see some light in the near future as I wonder what it’s all about. Whatever it is, faith and hope and love all seem easier.
God of faith and hope, we thank you for this gift even if we do not totally understand it. We thank you for your words of hope. We thank you for the gift of faith. Grant us understanding of this mystery and strengthen our faith. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.