It's not fair!

Peter instructs domestic slaves how to respond if they have been unjustly punished because of their faith. In surprising advice he tells them to submit to it without seeking redress, not because they are Stoics or have a British upper lip, but because they follow the example of Jesus. Using Isaiah 53 he unpacks the way Jesus silently suffered an unjust crucifixion as an example to us but then goes on to spell out the benefits of his doing so in the salvation he brings to us. Jesus is more than an example. He is a saviour bearing away our sin and setting us on a new course in life.


1 Peter 2:18–25 (Listen)

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 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. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 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. 24 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. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.


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