1 Peter 2:23-25 (UKNIV)
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 ‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’ 25 For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Writing this on Thursday, the news was all about potential military action in Syria through air strikes if not more. I can’t help but find a contrast in Jesus who rather than striking back took upon himself the sins of the world. This was no helpless surrendering to those who opposed him but an active acceptance of their anger and destruction (theirs? ours?), embracing it in order to overcome it and make them as new, clean, forgiven, and whole.
Jesus, forgive us our hatred and destructiveness. Through your Cross, help me to become a maker of peace today not war.
Today’s New Testament in a Season readings: 1 Peter 2-4