A Word of Encouragement

I’ve learned over the years that insults come in many forms.  Some are personal criticisms.  Offensive sights or smells can insult the senses.  Insult is even used as a medical term to refer to that which causes damage to bodily organs or tissues.


Lots of things have the potential to harm us, and it seems lately we’ve had more than our fair share.  Political ideologies that insult our intelligence.  Personal attacks come from strangers or even friends.  Illness threatens our well-being and the health of the people we love.


It is understandable when we feel frustrated or even defeated.  But I want to encourage you today: Jesus is still on his throne as the ruler of heaven and earth.  The things that trouble us are no trouble for him.  By his cross and resurrection, he is overcoming sin and death and every bad thing, and he is doing it because he loves you and every person he has made.


Here’s the good news from the New Testament letter of First Peter, which we are reading in Sunday worship this month:


When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.  “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”  For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.  -Peter 2:23-25


When Jesus was insulted, he did not retaliate but instead suffered for us, that we may be healed, that we may die to sin and live for righteousness. I know that things may seem bad right now, but keep your faith.  God is still good, and Jesus is still on the throne.


With great hope in Christ,
Pastor Brad