“things which angels desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:12, NKJV)
When we come upon a crowd gathered, curiosity compels us to find a vantage point for us to see what is going on. How much more so is that case with the most significant event in human history?
At the fall of mankind through the sin of Adam in Genesis 3, God uttered a completely uncalled for promise. He spoke of the Seed of a woman who would do battle and gain victory over the ruler of this present age. God could have brought the curtain down on human history, but in keeping with His purpose in redemption, God allowed history to continue that would be the womb for the promise of a Deliverer.
Through the years, God would give more and more detail about this Savior. His person and work would be conveyed through predictions, types, explanation, and preview. Prophets served as the mouthpieces of God. Of them Peter writes, “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow” (1 Pet. 1:10–11).
The prophets were not alone in wondering when the promise of God would come to term in the giving of His Son. Even angels longed to look.
That day had come and Peter was witness to it. He saw the suffering of Christ and the glory of His resurrection. He encountered the risen Christ and proclaimed the good news of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost. Peter interpreted the events in light of the prophetic word of the Old Testament.
We live in the fullness of time, the last days in which God has spoken and acted in His Son. We live in light of redemption accomplished and look for the day when our Lord Jesus is again revealed, this time in triumphant glory.
REFLECTION: Jesus asks, “Do you love Me?” Pray for grace to love and follow Him.
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