“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.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15)
We have our hope in Jesus. We have our hope in Jesus because of what he has done. He gave himself up and died for our sins. He did this so we could be redeemed back from our sin, so we can be made pure. He did this so we can be God’s people again. He did it so we can be about good works, not to make ourselves righteous, but because Jesus has made us righteous by His works.
Paul in his letter to Titus give a lot of instruction. These few verses here show how we are able to do those things. We can do them because of who Christ is and what He has done. Even in this present day, we can live holy lives that are pleasing to God if we follow Jesus because of who Jesus is and what He has done. Let us this week remember that and live that out.