Christ also suffered – following in his steps

1Peter 2 ESV

21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Following “in his steps”? What does this mean

  • Doing good, even though it might bring suffering
  • Being subject to those in authority over us
  • He committed no sin
  • No deceit was found in his mouth
  • He did not return reviling for reviling
  • He suffered without threatening
  • He continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

When I think on that list above, I understand how I need Jesus and the provision of his sacrifice. When I read the beginning of 1 Peter chapter 2, I understand even more: “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Lord, increase my desire for your spiritual milk, as found in the Bible. I have tasted that you are good. I want to grow up.

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