The Righteous One – May 8, 2015

1 Peter 3:13, Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

What could be more inspirational than what Peter says in verse 18, For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. Let us reflect on that verse, Jesus died for my sins once and for all. The righteous one, Jesus, died for the unrighteous ones, us. He did that for a purpose. It would be like someone showing up to your house and saying, “I want to pay your house off!” They didn’t say, “I want to make your next payment”, although that would be good, they actually wanted to pay off your entire house, now that would be great.

Peter says that Jesus did not just pay for one of our sins, He paid for all them. Why did He do that? He did this, to bring us to God. In other words, it is not enough to simply know that Jesus died for our sins, we actually have to close the gap between God and us. How do we close that gap? It’s called faith!

You see, just knowing what Christ did on the Cross is good, but having faith in Him and coming to God through Him is great.

Think about it…and have a great day!

See you at Church this Sunday!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D