During this Lenten season we have yet another chance to start fresh. In our text for reflection today we read Peter reminding the people of the waters in the Genesis flood, and how that could be looked at as a baptism of Noah's family. Peter reminds us that baptism is not really about the water but about a response to God's call on our lives. A call to love one another, be faithful and to serve each other.
1 Peter 3:18-22 18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison—20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.
During the next 40 days take time out to reflect on the ministry of Jesus and how Christ ministered to the poor, imprisoned, and marginalized. Then think of ways that Christ would want you to carry on these ministries. We can all use this season as as a spring board to start fresh, reflecting during the season and being cleansed anew.
Remember that Wednesday was ASH Wednesday and reflect on all that means,