“The Fruit of Jesus’ Obedience”
1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9: 8-17
I Peter 3: 18- 22
Noah and his family spent about 120 years building the ark. And, as we all know the story, during that time, Noah was herald of righteousness. And as a result, Noah and his family were subjected the ridicule and persecution of their peers and close friends. They suffered in the flesh for all that time. But then when the rains came and the fountains of the deep burst forth, God saved Noah and his family as they took refuge in the ark, the instrument of God’s salvation. The same flood waters that destroyed the rest of humankind lifted Noah and his family to safety.
When we follow Jesus, He transforms our sufferings in the flesh into triumph in the spirit
Brothers and sisters, many of you here might feel like a lot like Noah suffering because He trusted and obeyed God and suffered the “agony of defeat”. In the flesh, you are experiencing all kinds of suffering and life is hard. But the good news is that when we take refuge in Jesus like Noah and his family took refuge in the ark, God will save us through those stormy waters. He will turn the agony of defeat which we experience in the flesh into the thrill of victory that we can experience both right now and for eternity in the spirit.