When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

– 1 Peter 2:23-25 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

If anyone could have fought the injustice that was thrust upon him, it was Jesus. Yet that was not what Jesus came to the earth for. He came to reveal how a holy and perfect God could still love His rebellious creation. Jesus did this by willingly giving His life in our place to restore us to God. In other words, Jesus did not resist the pain of a sinful world so that you and I can resist the temptations that assail us every day by connecting to the Shepherd of our soul.

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