Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Today's Reading: 1 Peter 2:21-25

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 34:1-28; Luke 7:18-35

By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus left you an example. He did. He really did. Don't think that He didn't. Your Old Adam doesn't want it to be true. He'd rather be a party animal, do whatever he wants and just say, "I can do whatever I want because I can be forgiven." He'd rather be a self-righteous goody two-shoes: "I'm better than him because I didn't do that" or "I'm glad I'm not like her because she does this." Let's instead follow the example Jesus gives.

"When He was insulted, He didn't insult back; when He suffered, He didn't threaten but commended Himself to Him who judged justly" (1 Peter 2:23). That's the Christian life. Love your neighbor--even your enemies, those who wrong you. Treat them better than they treat you. That's not just what "good" Christians do and "bad" Christians don't do. No, that's what Christians do because they're Christians. Christians live and follow the example of Christ. They're little Christs. (That's what Christian means.)

This is why, dear Christian, that before Jesus can be your example, He must be your Savior, and He is! He's the Shepherd and Bishop of your soul. If He's not those things first, you're doomed. You'll be doomed to be a wandering sheep in this life and a lost sheep forever. Because, dear Christian, it's not that "good" Christians are saved because they're so much better than the "bad" Christians, nor are "bad" Christians saved because they're so much more sinful than those self-righteous "good" Christians.

Christians are saved because Jesus saves them. He saves you. That's why you are and will be saved. "He bore all our sins in His own body" (1 Peter 2:24). That includes the sins we do when we're not loving our neighbor more than ourselves, according to Jesus' own example. He died for all those sins, which we do daily and much, for which we surely deserve nothing but punishment, and He bore that punishment for you. Now, "the One who judges" judges you to be just and righteous in Jesus, His Son--only in Him.

Jesus really is your example. As Christians, we follow Him. But more importantly, dear Christian, Jesus is your Savior, and He enlivens you with His water, with His Word, and with His Body and Blood to live the example that He Himself gives. He lives in you to accomplish it. "By his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24) He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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