Summary: A study in 1st Peter
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
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
“So that we might die to sins and live for righteousness”
“By His wounds you have been healed”