Lent 2009 (40) – It was worth it

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…
[Jesus] was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 1:3-4; 3:18b

There is such excitement in Peter’s voice as he acknowledges the amazing benefits that are ours because of Jesus, in particular, because of the resurrection of Jesus.

First, there is ‘new birth’. This is a recurring theme in the New Testament: it is the promise of a new start with all the mistakes and messes of the past sorted.

Second, there is a ‘living hope’. We are living in difficult days. So much that happens in the world brings a negative feel to life, even a hopeless feel. In Christ and because of Christ, despite everything, we can be positive.

Third, we are promised an ‘inheritance’, something to look forward to. What is more, that inheritance is imperishable, unspoilt and unfading. That’s quite a promise! And all because of the resurrection of Jesus. No wonder Peter gets excited! Easter Day is a good day to get excited.

The cross – was it worth it? Yes – because of the death and resurrection of Jesus we have a sorted past, a joyful present, and a promising future!

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