Christmas for the Soul

untitledThis morning, my scripture writing was out of I Peter 2:21-25.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” 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.

I was inspired through reading the passage and these are some of my thoughts.
In the previous verses, the subject matter is about submission to authorities and suffering for doing good…So verse 21 starts off “To this you were called.” We were called to submit to authorities and to know we will suffer for doing good and to endure it. It also says Christ suffered for you and left all believers an example in Himself and to follow in His steps. Based on verses 22 and 23, what example did He leave for us when He appeared before His accusers?

  • Jesus endured insults.
  • Jesus did not retaliate.
  • Jesus did not make any threats.

This is not natural and we know it.

Typically, whenever we feel insulted, the opposite usually comes forth. Even if it isn’t audible, this darkness is in our heart. The challenge remains because Jesus is telling us in these verses that we have this ability to respond like Him. The example is given to follow. We will face suffering for doing perfectly good things in Jesus’ Name and we are to suffer well. We have His power inside us to respond well.

In addition, Jesus left an example of trust in His Father God. He trusted His entire life to His care. He knew God had the final say.

Then He went to die on the cruel cross, so that “we might die to sins and live for righteousness.” A wonderful thought follows stating we are healed by His wounds. Meaning, we did not have to suffer. Jesus suffered on our behalf, in our place. And because HE did, we are healed. When we accept forgiveness from Jesus, we move from the disease of sin to being made well and whole. We identify with Christ. The cure  has come.

In conclusion, verse 25, of this powerful passage says we have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls! Have you returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul? The final hope of turning back to Him is recognized in the two protective, loving names, Shepherd and Overseer.

This Christmas season, let’s find hope in this passage from scripture. It tells the entire reason Jesus came and then ends almost as a benediction to comfort us as we return to Him, and endure until He comes again.

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6

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