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Summary: A study in 1st Peter

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1 Peter 2:21-25

Suffering from Happiness: I am called to do what?

Jesus a babe in the manger

Jesus as a boy confounding the religious leaders

Jesus as a young carpenter

Jesus as a humble teacher

Jesus as a compassionate healer

Jesus as a compassionate man

Jesus who quieted the storms

Jesus as a preacher

Jesus as a man

I. You are called to suffer. vs. 21

A. Defining words

1. Called –

2. Suffering –

3. Example – comes from the educational world (

B. The portrait of Jesus drawn here relies heavily on the description of God’s suffering servant of Isaiah 53.

1. The suffering servant (Jesus) suffered unjustly without retaliation.

a. He endured the unbelief of His own people. John 1:11

b. He endured a kangaroo court. Mark 14:1; John 11:50

a. He endured lies told about Him. Matt 26:59-60

b. He endured beatings and mockery. Mark 14:64-65; 15:16-20

c. He endured merciless floggings. Mark 15:15

d. He endured crucifixion. Mark 15:22-37

e. He endured separation from His father. Mark 15:33-34

2. The suffering servant (Jesus) is presented as the redeemer, reminiscent of Colossians 1:22.

- This is not a call to martyrdom, but a reminder to Christians that they have be set free from sin.

C. Peter reminds you that a life of suffering is our calling, not our fate.

1. We are called to follow him, to suffer to burn away the impurities. 1 Peter 1:7

2. We are called to follow him, to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. 1 Peter 1:1-2

II. Why are we talking about suffering or what should this mean to me?

A. If you are suffering unjustly, look to Jesus from whom the believer receives strength for both the body and soul.

B. If you are suffering unjustly, understand God knows your situation and God has called you to this situation.

C. So your hope is found in Jesus Christ vs. 24

1. Manner – from Isaiah 53

He took our infirmities vs. 4

He will bear our iniquities vs. 11

He bore the sins of many vs. 12

2. Significance

“So that we might die to sins and live for righteousness”

3. Consequences

“By His wounds you have been healed”


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