May 15, 2020
1 Peter 3:18-22 … “in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.” vss. 19-20
Peter reminds us that in the early years of the Church, believers gravitated toward the image of the ark as a metaphor for the meaning of baptism. It was easy to understand: just as the waters of the flood lifted the ark and preserved the lives of Noah’s family, so the waters of baptism bring new life in Christ. And thus the ark became a favorite decoration for the walls of the places where Christians worshipped. And Peter also has an answer for those who wonder about the salvation of those who are not baptized. In his world, they aren’t left out! In fact, that was Christ’s ‘Saturday-mission’ after his redemptive death on the cross! Peter’s teaching even made it into the Apostle’s Creed with the words, “he descended to the dead!” Those who missed the boat in Noah’s day heard the good news from the Christ, even though they had not obeyed. What happened on the cross is for all people of all times! That’s what makes it the greatest news ever told. Peter is not intending to disparage baptism, not at all, he wants only for us to see it as grace, a symbol of life and salvation for all.
Thought for the Day: What’s the best age to be baptized?