Peter believed because Jesus measured up to the One "the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow."

Why Be Joyous?

Peter gives us the answer right smack in the middle of the passage: [you] are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Years ago I worked for a doctor who had a beach house. About twice a month, he and his wife-along with their children and grandchildren-drove the three and a half hours to spend weekends there. One Friday afternoon, as they were preparing to leave, his three-year-old grandson began to dance about the office, singing, "I get to go to the beee-ach! I get to go to the beee-ach!" Of course we all thought it was cute, but we really laughed when, several weeks later after a harrowing week of patients and overtime, our own doctor did a little happy dance while repeating his grandson's tune, "I get to go to the beee-ach! I get to go to the beee-ach!"

I think about that moment even all these years later. Want to join with me in my own little song?

"I get to go to Heaven! I get to go to Heaven!"

"I get to sing with the angels! I get to sing with the angels!"

"I get to go to dance with Jesus! I get to go to dance with Jesus!"

"I get to go to sit at the Father's throne! I get to go to sit at the Father's throne!"

Praise God! Hallelujah! Amen! In this we can truly rejoice!


Eva Marie Everson is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows, and the upcoming Shadows of Light (Barbour Books). She is an award-winning national speaker and can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at or you can go to her official website