19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. 1 Peter 3:19-22
This is a mysterious Bible passage for most scholars. Hundreds of books have been written about its interpretation. We will explore the overall meaning of the passage rather than dwell on specific interpretations.
Without question we know that Jesus is at the Right Hand of God, and all powers and authorities are in submission to Him right now as I write this and as you read this. That is not debatable or in question. It’s a truth we need to embrace the more our lives get complicated. It’s actually the hope we have after this life is over.
But it’s also a truth we need to remember today when life is tough.
He is on the throne.
He is in control.
He is calling the shots.
And we can come to Him at any moment of the day.