Read Hebrews 2:5-9
We talk about how Jesus is man and God. It’s not that he is “part man” and “part God.” He is fully human and fully God. This is one of those examples where our limited brains cannot conceive the depth of this truth. Either you are one or the other, how can you be both?
A very, very simple example is that I am a mother and I am a daughter. I am not just “part” mom, I am a mom. I am not just “part” daughter, I am fully my parent’s daughter. This example doesn’t begin to speak to the intricacy of Jesus’ humanity and deity. What we need to remember is that Jesus became one of us so that he could experience what we go through firsthand. Continue reading “Hebrews 2:5-9 – Jesus Suffered For Me”
Read 1 Peter 4:12-19
It has been clear as we’ve been reading 1 Peter that the life of a Christian will not be problem free. We can expect to take a hit because of our faith. It comes with the territory. However, for that suffering, we should be glad. God sees and watches how we handle it. Do we run and hide, or do we persevere feeling the joy of salvation despite our situation?
We may not all experience persecution for our beliefs. In fact, you may be wondering what all of this is all about. We know that even Jesus was questioned by teachers of the law. So, how can we be immune? Continue reading “1 Peter 4:12-19 – It’s Not All Sunshine & Roses”
Read 1 Peter 3:13-22
There is so much emphasis in our culture to be “number one”, have success, “go with the flow,” and certainly don’t offend anyone by being “politically incorrect.” Many times, to do these things would require us to set aside our morals and beliefs.
Some people do that blindly to fit in or be accepted. To “sell your soul to the devil” so to speak has its consequences. In today’s reading, we are reminded that suffering will come. We are not promised a problem-free life. Verse 17 says, “Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” Continue reading “1 Peter 3:13-22 – Integrity”
Read 1 Peter 2:18-25
We’ve been in a series of readings lately dealing with how we should live. Many people might think, “I don’t want to be told how to live, I want to live my life the way I want.” Other people are looking for the kind of living that will please God because they have a truly thankful heart. Thankful for all that God has done for them, and continues to do on a daily basis. God loves us all no matter what way we think. I don’t know about you, but I want to please my God, and that’s not just because I’m a “people pleaser.” With God, it goes so much deeper.
For those who follow Jesus and want to be more like him, a passage like this is refreshing. We should be all about pleasing God. We can’t be sinless like Jesus, but we can choose to behave in ways that honor God. For those people who are a little stubborn or don’t have a relationship with God, hearing how to please him may not matter at all. Continue reading “1 Peter 2:18-25 – Please God”