1 Peter 2:22

Making TheConnection

 

Read:

"Who committed no sin, . . ." 1 Peter 2:22

 

Reflect:

Christianity separated from one’s thinking, values, interest, and actions is not Christianity. For the first disciples, every subject, relationship, task was connected to Jesus and His cross. It was natural for them to think like this, whatever came their way was sure to be influenced by their loyalty to Christ. 

We, too, cannot see things as they are unless we connect all our experiences to the One who has brought God to us. Peter was a practical man. He wrote this letter to actual, living people in troubling circumstances who were being challenged to display the Spirit of the Lord, to do what He had done, to endure as He had endured. Peter had seen Jesus’ example first-hand.

Peter was there in the garden and saw Jesus’ bloody sweat. Peter was there when Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss and saw the humility of Him placing Himself into the hands of His enemies. It was Peter, who drew the sword in defense of Jesus and heard the words of His Master’s rebuke. The same Peter followed Jesus into the courtroom, saw the Lord bound and reviled, and witnessed Jesus utter no threats while being insulted. It was Peter, who entered the empty grave of the risen One. It was Peter, who when forgiven of his faithlessness and fear, was assured by the Lord of his share of humiliation and agony of the cross. 

Who, then, was more qualified to write this letter having seen Jesus’ behavior and attitude while suffering injustice? Peter had seen Jesus drink the bitter cup of betrayal of friends, along with being mocked by the very ones He came to die for and save. We are given Peter’s witness in the text "He did no sin."  We, too, are called to have the same poise as Jesus in the midst of our own times of trial.

 

Respond:

Our response of griping and complaining places us in a position of rebelling against the very circumstances He has called us to be faithful in. Make a pre-determined decision to handle the contents of your day with the same attitude of Jesus.