Read 1 Peter 1:10-12.
"It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you...." NIV
The prophets knew that they would never see the Messiah on this earth. There job was to report to the people what was to come, not what they would themselves live. In an instant gratification culture, this is a difficult one to grasp. The prophets were being told by the Lord the most important event in the history of man. They "saw" visions of the hope for their people and actually all mankind, and yet they knew they would not live to see it happen. It's difficult to have passion and drive about something we will not see fulfilled. Think about it, you write a book knowing you will never see it published. You build a car knowing you will never drive it. You start a company knowing you will never receive any profit from it. You find a cure for cancer knowing your cancer will not be cured by it.
The prophets watched their people wandering in hopelessness knowing that hope was coming -- but not yet.
We still have the return of Christ that we are looking forward to -- and may never see in our lifetime. But the greater difference is that we already have the salvation that has come. When we promise hope, it's now. When we share joy, it's now. When we tell of a cure for sin and the destruction it brings -- it's now.
Live joyfully in the salvation we have today. We are the of the prophesy fulfillment, so we should be living victorious. Christ has come!
- Are you living out the joy of your salvation? If no, why not? If yes, how?
- Is your faith wavering? How can knowing we are living in the fulfillment of the prophesy increase your faith?
- Listen to this song by Hillsong United, Salvation is Here and be thankful.