1 Peter 2:21, 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.
What do you think about when thinking of Jesus? We think of His love for His children. We think of Him feeding the 5,000. We think of Him walking on the water, and we think of His great teaching. All of those things are good and right; however, when we think of Jesus, we can never forget the cross. Peter says, “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.”
Martin Luther described it another way, “No man understands the Scriptures, unless he be acquainted with the cross… The cross alone is our theology.” In other words, when you think about Jesus you have to think about the cross: the innocent for the guilty, and the perfect for the imperfect. Who are the guilty and the imperfect? That’s us. Who was the perfect and the innocent? That was Jesus who died on the cross for our sins. Peter says that is what enables us to die to sin and live for righteousness.
So live righteously today!
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D