21-25 This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.
He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss.
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.
Peter introduces us to the possibility that we may have to suffer. Very few get to live a life without suffering but here it is a suffering because we belong to Christ. Christ however has not left us without comfort. Jesus himself suffered and showed us how to suffer; without threats and retaliation but entrusting ourselves to our heavenly Father. Jesus is our Shepherd and the Guardian of our souls. We are secure in the palm of his hand and his grip on us is tight. Hear Jesus speaking to you “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10-14-15) (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray God’s presence into the place you’re in right now. Whether that’s your home, university or your local community.