Reading: 1 Peter 3: 18-22
Verse 18: Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
During His time on earth, Jesus ministered to all who came or called out to Him in faith. To all who demonstrated faith in Him as the Messiah, Jesus offered healing and restoration. For some it was physical, for some it was emotional, and for some it was spiritual. Jesus me all who came to Him in faith wherever they were at and gave of Himself all that He could. It’s just who Jesus was and is today. “Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God”. This verse speaks of the Jesus we know throughout the Gospels – the One who simply came to love us as His own. Jesus continues to love us each day.
Although His body was killed, He was “made alive by the Spirit”. The Spirit is for us the essence of Jesus. In life, Jesus set an example for us to follow. We read His words and the stories about him in the Bible and we are called to go forth to live a life that follows Jesus. We too are to offer healing and restoration to a broken world. Ultimately that comes through a personal relationship with Jesus. The Spirit leads and guides us in bringing others to Jesus. The nudges, the whispers, the shoves – these are all Jesus saying, “Go – do what I did. Love one another”. It is through this that others will meet Jesus themselves.
As the Spirit leads us out into the world, we all go with the same mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ. As we share Jesus with the world, the world will come to know Him. The waters of baptism will wash over new believers to welcome them into the family of God. The waters of baptism begin our journey into Jesus and eventually all who believe in Him as Lord and Savior will be “saved by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”.
We are all the unrighteous. Jesus died for all. The only one who was pure and without sin took on sin for our sake. He did it for all so that all can one day be saved. This is good news indeed. May we go out and share this good news today so that others may begin their journey with Jesus too.