ROOTED - Tuesday, January 18, 2022


The letter of Peter to the church is a challenge to us.  Living a holy life is difficult.  So rather than letting us despair of our repeated failures, Peter moves at the end of chapter two to point us to our example and helper, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I Peter 2:18-25

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 

19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 

20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 

22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 

23 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. 

24 “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.” 

25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

Reflections

What is the evidence of the goodness of Jesus Christ in this passage?

 

In what ways has Jesus completed and fulfilled the instructions Peter has given to all of us?


In what ways does Jesus succeed where you have fallen short?

 

Consider the amazing witness of Jesus our Lord in verse 23, “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.”  Can you imagine the discipline it took for Jesus, who could have wiped out his abusers with the flick of his wrist, to suffer rather than retaliate?  Jesus is the picture of righteousness and long-suffering, who is able to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

 

Prayer

Almighty God, we thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ the Lord, who bore our sin, that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.  Thank you for healing our souls by his wounds, and for calling us to be His sheep and the caretaker of our lives.  We pray in his name.  Amen.