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The Sufferings of Christ and the Glory that Should Follow

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (1 Pet. 1:11 KJV)

The grace that has brought us salvation came by Jesus Christ. God did not become gracious after Jesus came. He has always been gracious. He was gracious to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. However, the grace that we enjoy in salvation is set apart. The scriptures call it “the grace that is in Christ.” One of the critical features of this particular revelation of God’s grace is seen in the verse above.

Christ suffered so that glory should follow. In other words, the grace that came to us was not cheap. It was brought to us at the expense of His own very life. It is kindness at a cost. God could have declared all the sins of humanity to be cleansed. He is God. He can do all things, as Jesus Himself said it. Of course this will not fulfill His justice. However,  if He declared our sins forgiven from heaven, it would have still been a kindness to humanity. But this would be different. It would have been  kindness that cost Him almost nothing. He is powerful and doing that will not be a big deal to Him. However, the grace that is in Christ is  kindness that God extends with tears in His eyes as a Man when He died on the cross.

The Bible says He suffered alone. And then He shared the glory that followed with us. Lord, how thankful we are to be accepted in the Beloved and enjoy life until it overflows!

MEDITATE

What did Peter call the “sufferings of  Christ and the glory that followed” in the verse preceding our main verse above? ( 1 Pet. 1:10, KJV).

APPLY THE WORD

Be thankful He was born as a Man to take our place. As we celebrate Christmas, we remember He came to suffer. He suffered alone, and brought us all into the glory that followed!

PRAY

Thank the Lord for sending His Son, the embodiment of grace to bring us into the glory of God. 

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