Nothing from our old life could have redeemed us, our salvation solely rests on the work of Christ, not our own. No wonder Peter refers to our life as an exile existence, not our spiritual home. So we do not set up shop here in a “cheap motel”, but we keep ourselves ready and prepared for the next world, our true home. Note Ephesians 2:12&19 – no longer are we strangers and aliens – we have a homeland in heaven; Hebrews 11:13. No wonder we are to love one another on our journey home.
The events of Jesus’ life are not by chance. How often John speaks of “His time had not yet come.” He was fully known as Messiah before the world was made as John 1:1-18 clearly states; the mystery of God becoming Man and entering into the darkness of this world on our behalf.
Remember Jesus saying to Peter “shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” And all for us as Hebrews 1:1-2 and Galatians 4:4 clearly teach.
We will concentrate on verses 20 & 21 in the context of 13-21. Here are a few questions to help our understanding.
1.How does foreknowledge relate to the teaching Jesus was a “victim” of circumstance?
2. In what way are we exiles from heaven? How does that influence our investments here on earth?
3. What is the significance of Jesus coming into the world,not being born as all other human beings?
4. How do we know the Father approved of His Son’s life?
The point of our life is to live for His glory – win, lose, or draw. Jesus died for our sake so we would have the opportunity to live for Him.
Together in His truth,