We are People of Compassion: On the Cross

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
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 2:21-25

Questions for Reflection

  1.  In the primary passage for Sunday’s sermon, Peter alludes to at least two other New Testament scriptures.  Both were teachings of Jesus (Peter didn’t have the New Testament at the time of his writing) that Peter likely heard.  Read Luke 15:1-7 and John 10:11-13.  Who is Jesus in these scriptures?  What are the two primary truths we can learn from these passages (hint: Jesus will do two things to win your heart!)?
  2. 1 Peter 2:21-25 quotes Isaiah 53 several times.  Isaiah 53 is a “Suffering Servant” Song.  It is quite a moving chapter in scripture.  Jesus literally “bore our sins” to the point of death.  Should this spur us on to serve our neighbors?  Jesus gave everything!  How much do you think he expects us to give to the Kingdom?  To give to those in need?  How can we be Christlike in this regard?