Peter, the rock on which the Church was built, gives us a very powerful reading today. I especially like a couple of passages. Let's have a look.
Verses 18 and 19 say, "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed ... but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." In this passage, the word "redeemed" is dominant. It is used to describe our salvation and our hope. The word "redeemed" means "to release by paying a price or a ransom." Before we enter a relationship of faith with Jesus Christ we must realize that we needed to be ransomed from our old life. Peter's readers were trapped in the lifestyle inherited from their pagan ancestors. We, too, are often trapped in the pagan materialism inherited from our culture, and thus need to be ransomed. Obviously these verses tell us that Christ's death was the ransom paid for our spiritual deliverance.
The next verse I would like to discuss is verse 20, "He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake." I especially like this verse because it tells us that Christ's sacrifice for the world's sins was not an afterthought - not a plan B. This plan was set in motion by our omniscient God long before the world began. It was not an accident or twist of fate. It was planned and carried out in accordance with God's will. God knew we would need his grace - he also knew we would not deserve it.
God, in his mercy, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ has given Christians a living hope that cannot be taken away. Even though our lives may be excruciatingly painful it is through God's grace that we can all look forward to a pain free life with him.