Friday, September 26, 2014

Wow...blow me away

Ever read something in Scripture and feel like God just opened your eyes to see it in a whole new light? I had that experience this morning and wanted to share. It comes from 1 Peter chapter 1. Now this chapter is full of some incredible promises and truths and I am guessing that. If you read this chapter, much of that would be somewhat familiar to you. What struck me this morning came from some of those "other verses"..you know, the ones I normally skim a little to get to the "good stuff." Take a moment and read this:

"Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look." (1 Peter 1:10-12, ESV)

My morning was hectic...I slept a little later then usual and my 4-year old son kept interrupting me with requests...(juice, breakfast, you know...stuff that every good father should be providing). It was during one of my 5-minute spells in between requests for food and drink that I read these three verses and immediately, it was like God unveiled my eyes to see at least 6 things that kind of blew me away.

1. These were prophesies about grace
2. I am, we are the recipients of these prophecies...namely, God's grace
3. They, the prophets and Jesus, suffered greatly to bring us this news and this gift, and in so doing, they were serving us, the recipients
4. We all got this news from someone who "preached" it, but...
5. Ultimately we got this from the Holy Spirit, which was sent to us and sent into us directly from heaven
6. There are angels in heaven who long to experience this grace

"So what" you ask? So what indeed. Let say this again, but make it personal.

Even while we were bound by the law, pre-cross, God had a plan to deliver His grace to you. His chosen prophets prophesied about it, and Jesus brought it with His blood and hand delivered this gift to you. He suffered greatly, and so did all those other prophets, but they realized that in so doing, they themselves would not see it...they were serving you. This grace and the news of it was brought by the Holy Spirit, sent directly from heaven, to you. A gift that not even angels fully understand, has been given to you.

What's the "blow me away" part of all this? Simply put, I should never, ever doubt God's complete and total and unconditional love for me. Yes, I may doubt His methods in my life, yes it may hurt when He seems distant, yes I may question the pain that at times seems to overwhelm me or those I love...but never should I doubt His love. Grace. It is the greatest word that we could ever know...prophesied so long ago, longed for by angels, delivered by Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit, for us.

Amen.

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