Have you ever watched people at a tourist site? Places like Disney World, Busch Gardens, the Grand Canyon, even the Mall of America? It is incredible how people strain their necks to get a better view. Some call this action, “rubbernecking,” which means to “observe with curiosity.”
I just got back from visiting two baseball stadiums in Florida and observed fans looking around the ballparks at their design and unique features. I heard lots of “oohs and aahs” and saw a lot of pictures being taken.
The Bible reveals that such sounds and actions also take place in heavenly places. The apostle Peter wrote in such a way as to pull back the curtain of heaven and give his readers a glimpse of the angels gazing at God’s plan of redemption.
Read 1 Peter 1:1-12.
The last part of verse 12 says, “things which angels longed (or desired) to look into.” The Greek explanation of the word “look” means to “stoop and examine carefully with curiosity.”
Why would angels be so fascinated by the salvation of men and women? I think the answer is they are continually amazed by the way God solves the problem and consequences of sin and evil. The cross was the means by which He provided His Son as the only righteous substitute to pay the penalty of sin while upholding His holy standards. God now provides forgiveness and redemption to any human being who will repent, believe, and receive it.
Note the impact of verse 2 of chapter 1, where Peter explains the Father’s role in initiating salvation of humans. “All of us were chosen according to His foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ…”
Peter writes in verse 3 of the Father’s great mercy through which He provides new birth into a living hope. Verses 4 and 5 reveals God’s plans for a Christian’s future – an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for us, while we are shielded by God’s power. Incredible.
Peter then reveals some helpful perspective on suffering in verses 6-7, reminding us that even grief and trials of many kinds have a purpose in God’s Kingdom. He adds that despite suffering, our spiritual relationship with God and outlook on life in general, can be positive, meaningful, and redemptive. Suffering does not have to make you bitter, but you can become better.
Are you thankful for your salvation? Peter is as he writes his letter to first century followers of Jesus in the Roman Empire. The angels are! They rejoice each time a sinner repents and turns to put his or her faith, hope, and trust in God.
As you read, study, and reflect on the first twelve verses of 1 Peter chapter 1, can you pause to “look” or “examine with curiosity” what God has done to bring you back to Himself? Grow devotionally. The cross of Christ is the bridge between God and man. That’s a heart turner!
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz