1 Peter 1:18-19 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
When I think of inheritance, I think of good stuff. I hear about those stories of people inheriting homes or thousands of dollars or an old teapot. Okay the last one is pretty lame. Now imagine getting a package in the mail. Attached is a note that explains that a distant relative has passed away and that the box you are about to open is the inheritance that has been left to you. You are so excited! You shake the box a little; it doesn’t make any noise. Oh! It’s probably a check. I wonder if it is hundreds or thousands or *gasp – millions? And the box looks really nice too. It is wrapped to perfection like someone took the time to make a good presentation. You take a deep breath and carefully… who’s kidding who? You rip into that sucker!
Wait a minute. It’s empty. Did the check fall out? You start looking all around to find nothing. Is this some kind of a cruel joke? Are you kidding me? The note said that this is my inheritance, but the box is EMPTY!
In today’s scripture, Peter tells his audience that their forefathers handed down to them an empty way of life. Now that’s a lame inheritance! Empty life? But Peter doesn’t leave it at that. There’s good news. Jesus Christ paid a price for the emptiness. He didn’t use silver or gold – that’s not going to help anybody. He poured out his life so that you could have one. He emptied himself so that you could be filled. So even though this world has left us nothing, we can focus today on the fact that Jesus left us everything. And because of that, our inheritance is great!