Some of the most powerful writings in the New Testament are the letters of Peter. In his first letter that we read today, Peter shares with us his insight into the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you
who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Peter’s exceptional understanding is a lesson to all of us. He tells us that because of the resurrection of Jesus we are born into a living hope that we will share in that resurrection. This should always be fresh in our minds and hearts, so that the trials and troubles of our lives will be made lighter by that hope.