Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Exemplary Sufferings of Christ

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
I Peter 2:21

This book was written to a suffering church, and therefore one of the main themes of the book is the sufferings of Christ both in Himself and in His church. Some of the sufferings of Christ we cannot enter intothose sufferings by which He expiated, or removed, the guilt of our sins. We cannot follow His steps there, for in the secret, mysterious place of agony only Christ could suffer as He suffered for our sins.

However, this verse introduces us to a part of His sufferings that we can exemplify. We are called to these sufferings; indeed, we are appointed to them. He has left us a pattern in them that we should follow. Here is the fellowship of His sufferings.

His sufferings were unavoidable. He did not seek to avoid or mitigate them (Mark 15:23). As God the Son, He embraced them as being necessary and unavoidable in Gods eternal will and covenant. Likewise, suffering is unavoidable for the ChristianFor even hereunto were ye called (I Pet. 2:21).

Christ's sufferings were also undeserved (v. 22). We cannot, of course, be like our impeccable Lord in this respect, but if we suffer, let it not be for evil-doing or unrighteousness. Let it rather be for the sake of righteousness (3:14) and well-doing (3:16, 17).

His sufferings were also unanswered (2:23). The patient forbearance of the Lord is emphasized here. He neither threatened nor reviled again. May we exemplify that spirit of patience and forbearance when we suffer for well-doing. We are so prone to hit back and bite back in such circumstances. How happy we will be if, by the grace of God, we take the spoiling of our goods joyfully and commit ourselves and our case to Him that judgeth righteously (v. 23). May the Holy Spirit even in this conform us to the image of Christ.

Christians are never more Christ-like than when bearing their cross.
Alexander Simpson

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