Read & Reflect: Friday, March 31

lent devotion 2017

Read: 1 Peter 3:18-22

1 Peter 3:18-22

18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Reflect:

Jesus’ death and resurrection were for all mankind. Jesus, the righteous, did what we, the unrighteous, cannot do. He left behind the flesh to be made alive in the Spirit, as we are all called to do when we follow Him. However, many people want only to be alive in the flesh, clinging to their earthly desires and never knowing peace. Pray for those in your life who are consumed by (or lost in) the world, that the Holy Spirit may guide them to the cross and the joy of the Resurrection.

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