1 Peter 1:3-12 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith- more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

There is so much here to discuss, like the indicative to imperative shift in Christian Ethics we learn about (ie how our lives are based on Christ’s work for us), but something that really jumped out to me was the area of hope. I recently led an hour discussion on Christian Spirituality and one of the points I made was that while we as Christians still have a ‘searching spirituality’ it doesn’t search like the world searches. We have a hope that is sure, a hope that has a ‘foretast’ dimension to it because of Christ. The world is in love with searching and we’re in love with the one we’re searching for and the New creation he’s bringing.

Its not that we don’t struggle with hope from time to time. I think McKnight’s comments get at this well when he says, “It is not so much that believers are now living “full of hope”, but that they have a fixed “hope,” a clear vision of what God will do for them in the future.” Because we have witnessed what God has done in his Son by resurrecting him from the dead we know that our hopes are not in vain and we have a tangible inheritance in the Spirit’s presence. That tangibleness is real in our lives and those of the community of His people, though it rests in heaven.

My hope is the world will see in us not just this peculiar hope, but that it will also recognize that we are still searching, still seeking the resurrection of our entire selves, our bodies and creation itself. That by our humble lives we can breakdown the “I’ve got it and you don’t get it” message we often pass off to them. For while that’s true in a sense, there is much we’re still searching for, awaiting…

Our message to them could be; “Welcome, come find and paradoxically continue to search with us. For the hope God gives is a living one, for His Son is risen!”