1 Peter 2:18-25 – Believers are sometimes called to endure suffering. God’s Word has much to say about the suffering of the elect, and there is much to find comfort in when difficult times come. While this text is directed at servants, the truths Peter presents are universally applicable to all of God’s children. The goal of Peter in this text, and the preacher in this sermon, is to encourage God’s children to endure suffering when it comes. This includes seeing suffering from God’s perspective, and ultimately looking to Christ, who absorbed the wrath of God for our sakes.
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. (ESV)