1 Peter 2:24-25, “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.”

Peter by teaching about how Christians must endure suffering even from harsh masters provides Christians with an example for all of their suffering—the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the One for whom all suffering was unjust (John 18:38). Jesus alone did good at all times and is the perfect example for all who suffer for doing what is right.

While Jesus was the only one for whom suffering was unjust, He also was the only One who never sinned when responding to suffering (1 Peter 2:22). Jesus at all times and in all places entrusted Himself perfectly to the One Judge over all creation (1 Peter 2:23). The perfect standard of Jesus remains in place for Christians today who are to follow His example. Since 1 Peter 2:22 makes it clear that Jesus never sinned at all, so we who follow Him are required to do the same.

All of us as Christians know that because of our sin, we could by no means ever meet the requirement of the perfection of Jesus. Thanks be to the Lord, as 1 Peter 2:24-25 teaches, not only is Jesus Christ our example, He is our Lord and Savior. 1 Peter 2:24-25 explains that Christ bore our sins on the cross, thereby healing our wounds. Jesus has provided real atonement for His people, bearing God’s wrath in their place and for their sin. As a result, God’s people have been reconciled to the great Shepherd of our souls.

Christians are in Christ and are those who trust Him alone for salvation. God’s people receive the benefits of union with Christ that flow from the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus. Jesus perfect trust in the Father is reckoned to His people on account of His finished and sufficient work. Christians are those accepted into the flock of God on account of the finished and sufficient work of Jesus Christ. Christians are justified, declared legally not guilty, and given a new status forgiven, sons and daughters of God through Christ alone.

Justification is followed by sanctification. Our death with Christ enables Christians to live in righteousness and faithfulness as the people of God (Col. 3:1-11). As a result, Christians are enabled through the Holy Spirit to fulfill the command to endure suffering patiently. John Calvin teaches, “for he [Jesus] has not only brought this great benefit to us, that God justifies us freely, by not imputing to us our sins; but he also makes us to die to the world and to the flesh, that we may rise again to a new life: not that one day makes complete this death; but wherever it is, the death of Christ is efficacious for the expiation of sins, and also for the mortification of the flesh.”

Every single human being at all times and in every place is required to obey the Lord fully and completely. Every single human being has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). It’s only because, of Jesus whose perfect obedience is reckoned to sinners through the finished and sufficient work of Jesus when they trust in Him, that anyone can be forgiven, and be made a new creation in Christ. Please spend some time today giving thanks to Jesus for the salvation He has won and offers today, and endeavor to live from a place of gratitude as a motivator for your sanctification in Christ alone.