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Keeping in Step

1 Peter 2.21-25
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. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 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. 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. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
All that Jesus did on earth, as recorded in the four gospels, is a perfect example for us to follow. But He is especially our example in the way He responded to suffering. Despite the fact that He was sinless in both word and deed, He suffered at the hands of the authorities. Jesus proved that a person could be in the will of God, be greatly loved by God, and still suffer unjustly. As we live godly lives and submit in times of suffering, we are following Christ’s example and becoming more like Him. We submit and obey, not only for the sake of lost souls and for the Lord’s sake, but also for our own sake that we might grow spiritually and become more like Christ.

Reread the above Scripture and identify the descriptions given about Christ. Apart from sinlessness, have you experienced any of what Jesus endured for you? What would it mean for you to walk in Jesus’ steps? Remember you, too, may have a chance to follow in Jesus’ steps and so show a needy world that Christians run at a different pace, to a different tune, tracking a different leader.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Jeff
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