Because we can hope again, we can live again – with purpose and passion. This is what Peter is revealing in his epistle as he speaks about the new life that we have because of the living hope in Jesus’ death and resurrection. He writes…
[Know] that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (I Peter 1:18-21)
Unfortunately, this new life is something we usually long for rather than experience. We might experience it briefly here and there when we feel like the “reset” button on life was pressed and all things are seemingly in place and are working in harmony; but that experience is fleeting. After four long years of college and countless interviews you are starting to doubt if you are going to find a job that will launch your career. Your hopes are wavering and your strength is waning. But, finally, you are offered a job and you can hope again. And, more importantly, you can live again… with passion and purpose. But, then that job ended in a lay-off. Life as it’s meant to be seems to come in cycles as the chaos and brokenness of the world are imposed upon us.
The cycle can be broken, though. And, just as we can hope again, we can live again – with purpose and passion. It comes when we, as St. Peter encourages in this passage, consider the cost of the life that we are given in Jesus. It was not with perishable things, earthly things like silver or gold, but with the death of Jesus, with His precious blood, that we were bought so that we might live in Him who was raised from the dead. Sin and death have no mastery over Jesus who conquered the grave by His death and resurrection. Therefore, sin and death have no mastery over us because we are His. No longer do have to live as if we are compelled to follow the sinful desires that seek to impose on us the brokenness of this world. Rather, having the living hope of Jesus’ resurrection, we live new lives.
Along Life's Way
Learning to live life as it’s meant to be. That’s what we strive to do here at Grace, to live under the cross in the new life that we have in Christ through His death and resurrection. The posts on this blog, grounded in God’s Word, will be offered as a source of encouragement, comfort and strength “along life’s way” to the end that we live lives of service in our homes, in our communities and in our congregations.
The author of this blog is the pastor of Grace, Andrew Green. He is a 2000 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and has served Grace since January 2002. He is married to Erica and has two children, Clara and John-August.