1 Peter 2:21-25

Review & Analysis:  “Christ’s suffering for you, leaving you an example of steps to follow” (v. 21) … In the past, suffering for the LORD’s sake has been an integral part of the Christian experience (cp. Isa. 53:1-12) … Jesus’ suffering was both in His passion and His hanging on the cross … His suffering resulted in our salvation (vv. 22-24) … The motif of the shepherd corralling sheep (v. 25) is a common concept in both the New and Old Testaments (cp. Ps. 23, Ezek. 34, John 10) … The example of Christ’s suffering is foundational to Christian beliefs and practices.  It is the identity of a Christian called to do good works in the face of persecution or called to return good for evil.  In doing so, the Christian fulfills God’s will and at the same time experiences His grace.