I think by now everyone is starting to feel the ache for community. While technology has made attending Church a possibility in our current pandemic, we would all confess it just isn’t the same. But what makes it any different than a sports fan who misses joining together at a stadium or coworkers at a bar after work? There is something majestic about the Church that these other venues can never replicate. In 1 Peter 2:9-12, Peter gives us a glimpse into what makes the Church such a majestic place.
First, Peter tells us who makes up this majestic Church. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” The people that make up the Church are a chosen race. Not just one race, but a conglomeration of races. This should destroy any ideas of racism, as the Church itself, (made up of every race on the planet), is the chosen race of God. Next, we are a royal priesthood. We occupy the duty of priest in the Kingdom of God. After that, God calls us a holy nation. This should also help us break down nationalism and instead help us see the global reach of God to all peoples. Finally, we are God’s possession. God paid dearly for us with the death of His Son. He is our Lord and leader. We submit to Him because we belong to Him.
Second, Peter tells us the purpose of God’s majestic Church. Again in verse 9 Peter says, “that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” We are not just to be this majestic gathering of diverse peoples who sit in a big room and just hang out together and talk about sports or the weather. God has not called us to just be His Church but He has also given His majestic Church a glorious mission. We are to tell others about all the ways God is excellent. Imagine if our Churches were focused more on telling others how excellent our God is and less intent on political agendas or standing up for God?
Finally, Peter tells us how the group of people who make up the Church came to be the Church. 1 Peter 2: 10 says, “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” At one time, we were not a part of this majestic Church. We didn’t actually even find or join it ourselves. Instead, God came to our rescue. He made us His people. He gave us the mercy we desperately needed. He made us a new creation that is capable of living in His Church and living on His mission.
Don’t miss the sheer magnitude of what God’s global Church is. Whether you have been going to Church for 50 years or have just started checking it out for the coffee on Sunday’s, God has been creating this majestic, diverse gathering of Saints for thousands of years. Because of who we are, (Christ’s blood bought people), may we live on the mission that God has called us to. Lord, help us to be the Church the world desperately needs today!