Restful relationship

1 Peter 2:20-24; 3:18 "For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit."

Jesus lived and suffered all the consequences of our sin. He bore them in His body on the tree, Peter says. He does this to bring us to His Father. The whole purpose of repentance, forgiveness, the cross, is all to restore us to our creator. The table is a picture of complete fellowship, and so shows us the end toward which we are leaning – holy restful relationship with God. Let us spend time now communing with the Lord and His church.


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