“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.” (1 Peter 2:21-25)
One of the most reassuring things about being a follower of Jesus is that we have a relationship with someone who knows what we’re going through on this Earth. Jesus came to Earth and lived among us. He suffered on our behalf. He died for our sins. He took our sins upon Himself. He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we could be forgiven and have new life. We are able to have a renewed relationship with the Father. We are able to follow in his footsteps.
This week, let us remember who we follow. Let us remember the one who died for us and who has given us new life. Let us follow Him and let us tell others so that they can join in and follow as well.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 11 is in many ways a record of faith. The writer of Hebrews takes time throughout the chapter tracing back those in the Bible who lived by faith. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and so on are mentioned throughout the chapter. People who lived by faith.
That first verse of the chapter is an important one. Those people who are listed afterwards are examples of what that first verse is talking about. Some things I want to highlight are hope and faith. It is important to have hope. When circumstances are rough, when times are tough, when you are hurt and brought down, it is important to have hope. We are able to have hope because of God. God is always there and will never leave us or forsake us. He will never hurt us. He will never let us down. He will never betray us. People can let us down. People can hurt us. But God won’t let us down or hurt us. He’s there to heal us.
Like the writer of Hebrews says, faith is the assurance of things hoped for. By faith, we can follow Christ and serve Him. We can trust Him that He wants what’s best for us and He will reveal what that is. The writer gives example after example of those in the Bible who, like us, had hope and acted on it through faith.
Let me encourage you (and myself as well). Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith. Keep persevering in the faith. Keep following Jesus. Be assured that faith and hope in Him is well founded.