Daily Devotion - March 23, 2021 - Suffering-Grace-Hope

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 23, 2021
1 Peter 2:21-25
Weekly Theme: The Wounds and Sorrows of Ministry
Today: Suffering - Grace - Hope

Imagine with me this morning, the worst wound you have ever experienced. The word wound is defined as “an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (such as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissue” I have not experienced many wounds but did fall at church when I was a young child and hit my head on the pew and had to have it stitched up. I barely remember it and mostly because I heard about it from others. But I have accidentally cut myself a time or two and can only imagine from these experiences the pain from a very deep wound.

Jesus was brutally wounded for my sins, and for the sins of all humanity. He was brutally beaten over and over again with a flagrum, a lead-tipped whip with a barbed tip which literally ripped his skin. Yet, Jesus did not retaliate or fight against those who tortured him for my sins. He did nothing to deserve death; he had not lied or been deceitful, yet as he was tortured prior to being hung on the cross as well as when he hung on the cross, he never resisted those who tortured and crucified him. In 1 Peter 2:21-25, Peter describes the suffering Jesus endured for our sakes leaving us an example so that we “should follow in his steps”. Despite living a life without any sin or deceit, he was severely tortured and beaten, and was also verbally tormented with words of insult by his oppressors. He was pierced by both instruments and words that ripped both his body and soul. Yet, he never resisted or retaliated against those who brutalized him. Why would Jesus do this?  He did this to set an example for us.

Jesus did this because he loves you and me and wants us to be spiritually healed. He understood that like sheep we have gone astray but thanks be to God,  he provided the  way we can return to the Shepherd. Jesus suffered so that by his grace we can experience hope. Because Jesus did not retaliate or resist those who oppressed him and took on all the punishment for our sins, dying for our sakes, the chasm between us and God has been bridged and we are able to have a relationship with God. By his wounds, we can be healed, if we receive this gift of grace God has offered us. During this season of Lent, may we reflect on our lives, identify our need for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and acknowledge those sins in our lives that Jesus died for so that we might return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our very soul. May we also be moved to follow the example of Jesus, an be willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel and be bold in sharing it. Let us repent, knowing that by his wounds and suffering we are healed, and rejoice that by God's grace we can have eternal hope.

Dear God, we come to you humbly with thanksgiving that your Son, our Savior, without retaliation and resistance, bore the brunt of our sins that by his most brutal wounds we are healed. Help us to never forget the pain and suffering he experienced, which is beyond our human comprehension, and to be repentant during this season and always.  May we  be forever grateful forYour grace we experience and the gift of eternal hope. through, Jesus, our Redeemer,  in whose name we pray. Amen.

  August 2021  
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