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. (1 Peter 2:24)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The life and death of Jesus offer an impossible example to follow. How could we ever hope to follow in His steps? He committed no sin. We can’t take a step without sinning.
And the world hated Him for it. So did the religious leaders. They conspired together to have Jesus put to death. And how did He respond? “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” (1 Peter 2:23).
This is an example of where we fail miserably. The first thing we want to do when people speak evil of us is to shoot an insult right back at them. When we feel like we’re under attack, we go into fight or flight mode. Jesus suffered silently and willingly. He did not fight the injustice that was done to Him. Rather, He looked to the One who judges justly—His Father in heaven.
We could certainly learn from this example, especially in a world that is not friendly to our faith. From the stories that occupy the mass media to our own social circles, hardly a day goes by without some insult to our faith. To suffer patiently is a virtue (Romans 12:12). Rather than focus on the injustice of the world, look to the Father, whose justice swallows up all injustice.
But when we fail in following this example—as with every one of our failures—we know that Jesus’ patient endurance, His suffering, and His sinless life were all for us. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24).
“By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25-26). What a beautiful turn of events! The Son’s silent suffering is for our healing; His sinless life and truthful speech shepherd us and look over our souls. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
In suff’ring be Thy love my peace, In weakness be Thy love my pow’r; And when the storms of life shall cease, O Jesus, in that final hour, Be Thou my rod and staff and guide, And draw me safely to Thy side! (Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me, LSB 683:4)