“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.
Sometimes the most introspective thoughts can come out of the most random locations….
I write a weekly column for a website run by some friends. They also have a weekly podcast that I have appeared on several times. One of these times, there was a song played to open the show that got stuck in my head. That song was “Pompeii” by Bastille. It’s a very catchy tune.
The lyrics really got me to think, especially the bridge of the song. The bridge goes like this:
Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
Makes you think doesn’t it? When things are a mess in our lives regardless of the circumstances, it brings us to the point of reflection and introspection. It also makes us assess where we are in the rubble. Before any rebuilding can take place, we have to assess the damage. Sometimes it can seem like a daunting task. Where do we begin? It is important to deal with our sins. We need to confess them to God and ask for forgiveness.
There are those times when we’re in the rubble because of circumstances beyond our control. Living in a fallen world, there are times when we are hurt when we do nothing wrong. In those moments, we have to watch our hearts and not be tempted to get angry and want vengeance. Forgiveness is paramount.
The rubble may look daunting but the awesome thing is that Jesus forgives us of our sins when we confess them. He also is there to help us through the rubble and rebuild. That is some encouraging stuff.