1 Peter 1:10-12 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Last time we talked about “Back in the Old Days” with an earthly meaning. Now it is time to transition that thought to spiritual matters. In 1 Peter 1:10-12 Peter talks about the old days when God’s children were still waiting on the coming of Messiah.
Better Than the Prophets
Ever considered the time we live in compared to other times? What would it be like to live in mid-evil times? How about the American Revolution? In the revolution there were many prominent people, Ben Franklin, John Hancock, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson to name a few. Many of the signers of the declaration of independence lost their fortunes in the war. They believed so fervently in the cause of freedom that they gave everything to see the colonies become a nation. Most of these men never enjoyed the fruit of their labor like we do today.
Let’s turn our attention to Old Testament days. Now, as Peter suggests, think about living in the days of let’s say the Prophet Micah. He talked about the birth of our Lord being in Bethlehem. We hold these Prophets in high esteem, and we should, but they didn’t have it as good as we do. Jesus had not come yet; the finished work of salvation was many years away. In verse 12 Peter said these prophets ministered to us, they laid the groundwork, they told us about the coming Messiah and they suffered and died at the hands of unbelievers.
Think about the last 80 years or so, is life harder now or back in the depression? How can we complain about our small inconveniences when so many others suffered so much more?
Peter really lowers the boom on us when he talks about the sufferings of Jesus in verse 11. Can any of us say we suffered more than Jesus? After his days were accomplished where did Jesus go? He returned back to the Father. That is the destination for everyone who put their faith and trust in Jesus.
During Jesus’ time on earth life was hard. When his ministry went public he was sought after, some for help and others sought to do him harm. Jesus finished his work and went home to be with the Father. This should be our goal, to finish God’s work for us and someday soon we will also go home to be with the Father.