29th June 2011

God’s Rescue Plan

“He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison.”
1 Peter 3:18-19 (NIV)

To me, the verse above seems an odd one, which leaves me wondering. What spirits? Where? Does this scripture really have anything to do with me?

My thoughts drifted onto the Vendee Globe Yachting Race, a solo sailing competition. Despite all the latest navigational and safety equipment, if something goes wrong you are usually a long way from getting help.  Yet, if you do run into difficulty, there may be a boat nearby—one of your fellow competitors. However, if they do come and help you, they will ruin their own chances of winning the race.

In most cases, the other boat does come to rescue the sailor in difficulty. Why? Well they go to help because they understand the other’s situation. There is a saying: “There but for the grace of God, go I”, and given time and chance, any one of the solo sailors could end up in the same position.  What is the point of winning a race, if you know that you could have saved one of your fellow sailors?

This brings me back to 1 Peter 3:19. Not enough details are known to completely fathom out exactly what Peter meant by this. However, it does illustrate the desire of Christ to save. Although God, he allowed himself to be born a human in order to rescue all humanity—those already dead, as well as those living, or yet to live.

In Jesus, God identifies with us and saves us. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” God has a plan for all humanity to dwell with him and he hopes to include all, yes all, of us.

Thank you, Father, that your only begotten Son came in human flesh to save us all. Open our hearts and minds to appreciate, and participate in, this great salvation.

Study by Rosemary Gent

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