1 Peter 1:22-25

Read 1 Peter 1:22-25
Imagine a world with no restaurants, no school systems, and no sports. Some of you may be thinking, ‘I don’t have to imagine that because I’ve been living it due to Covid-19.’ That may be true. Yet consider this – for every professional or local sports team that’s begun, it will eventually come to an end. Someday, the Green Bay Packers will be no more, and we’ll be praising the Lord on that day. I’m kidding. But seriously, every restaurant that opens will someday be closed. Every country that rises will fall. Every life that is lived will eventually die.

"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall." 1 Peter 1:24

It seems a little sad and depressing to think about how anything with a beginning (including our own lives) has an end, but that’s only part of the story.
 
            The word of the Lord stands forever. (1 Peter 1:25)
 
Sometimes forever loses its power. It loses its punch. We talk about not eating in forever or how we haven’t seen a certain friend or family member in forever. This isn’t a bad thing, but when we read this word here in Scripture, it means infinitely more than the way we use it in our daily lives.
 
Jesus Christ, the word of God, is forever. His kingdom will have no end. We have such a hard time wrapping our minds around this because we physically cannot think outside of time. Yet, as best as you can, let forever blow your mind. Let it rock your world.
 
Jesus has lasted longer than the greatest empires in history. He’s outlived countless world leaders. He will outlast the United States, the earth itself, and yes, even the coronavirus. Jesus will outlast it all, and his message to us is this: ‘I want you with me – forever.’
 
Amidst the tragedies we face in our lives, this hope is greater than them all. Jesus has made the way for us to be with him for all eternity. We get the cheat sheet to exit out of this cycle of death, and it’s only through Jesus. He took our place so we could take his. He bore our mistakes so we could bare his righteousness. He became sin so we could become holy. He was blemished so we could be pure. He died our death, so we could live with him forever.
 
This is love. Be so encouraged by this. Once we recognize how desperate our need is for Jesus and receive this love, we are able to truly love others. So love deeply, love sincerely, and rely on the Holy Spirit to help you with this.
 
Questions for reflection:

  1.  Take a moment and think about all the stresses / worries / anxieties that may have come up this past week. Maybe even write them down.
  2. Now take a moment and dwell on forever. Think about eternity and just ponder the immense amount of hope that it brings. How does forever encourage us in the face of our earthly trials?
  3. How do you remind yourself of Jesus’ love for you throughout your week? How are you truly recharging throughout the week?
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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