Verse of the Day Devotion: 1 Peter 2:24
“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.” – 1 Peter 2:24
As Good Friday and Resurrection Day approaches, it is good to look at what this day means and the importance of it to our lives. This day came because of the love God has for each and every one of us. From the beginning of mankind to today, mankind has rebelled against God through sin. Adam and Eve while in the garden, succumbed to the temptation of Satan and sinned. God told them not to eat of a particular tree in the garden. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17. However, they disobeyed Him which was sin. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6. And from this time forward, there has been no one who has lived a completely sinless life. Except one.
For our dilemma, God had a solution. There was a need for one man to be born and live a perfect life, so that he could pay for the sins of everyone else. This could not be a normal person, for no man has ever lived a life without sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. So, He had a son who would be able to live a life without sin who could then pay the penalty for ours. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” He understands and sympathizes with us, because He was a born a man through Mary, a woman. And He is able to address our sinfulness by providing a perfect sacrifice through Himself because He was sinless, being God in human flesh. And this is the message of our focus verse. “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.” 1 Peter 2:24.
This shows the incredible love God has for us. First, He knew we would sin against Him for He knows all things. “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,” Isaiah 46:8-10. But He stilled loved us and therefore He provided a way to address the sins and cleanse us from them. And all we need to do is confess them with repentance. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
Jesus came with the sole purpose of paying the penalty for our sins. “But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:21-23. Jesus never sinned therefore He could pay the penalty for us all. It was a horrible and cruel death, but He endured it all for us. This is perfect love from a perfect God. Give thanks to Him for without Jesus, we would all die in our sins and enter eternal punishment; but with Him we have eternal life with Him. How beautiful is that.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.