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26th October 2014
The letter of 1 Peter was written to believers who were facing persecution. Peter wrote to them to encourage them to ‘stand strong’ in the face of it all.
We find in the first chapter of 1 Peter that Christians are supposed to live now in light of the future – living as if we are ‘just passing through’, looking ahead of us at what is to come.
Most of us love a nice holiday, but we aren’t always as keen on the long journey to get there. Journeys can start out full of anticipation, but quickly become boring or frustrating. We take long journeys, though, because we have the destination in mind – where we are going makes the journey worthwhile.
For those who believe in Jesus, there is a similar principle: when we fix our eyes on where we are headed and what is waiting there for us, we find strength for the journey, even when it’s hard and we hit difficulties.
Our final destination is incredible; it’s awesome. One day we will see Jesus face-to-face. We are strangers here, just passing through, but in the future we will live on a brand new earth that will last forever. It is an amazing place, full of peace, love, joy, rest, and so much more.
God wants us to have an eternal view of things – an eye on what is to come. Everything here is temporary and will not last; it is “light and momentary”. Everything that hasn’t been redeemed is temporary. How much do you think about the moment you will see Jesus face-to-face? Do you live in eager expectation of this?
We are called to live for Him – not to have slightly better moral behaviour, but a complete change of heart, mind and nature. We can live for Him because His Spirit lives inside of us, changing our hearts. If your heart hasn’t changed, then maybe He doesn’t have your heart. It’s important to seriously think about this.
If you have been “born again”, as It says in 1 Peter 1:23, you are called to live in God’s “marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Living now in the light of the future includes enjoying what we already have, living with the awareness that we are strangers here just passing through, and getting ready and excited, eagerly anticipating that moment in the future when we see Jesus face-to-face.
To listen to the 'Just passing through...' sermon and download the life application questions, click here.
Posted by Santino Hamberis
19th January 2014
We all experience emotional pain. Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus knew what it was to experience pain – he shed tears, he grieved, he was rejected, etc.
Jesus can identify with the things we go through because he is familiar with pain. He is our help, our hope and our future. He modelled to us that the best way to handle pain is to stay close to the Father.
Listen to the 'Jesus on Pain' sermon and view some questions for thought or discussion here.
Posted by Santino Hamberis