““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.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” – 1Peter 2:24-25
Jesus died in order that we could pursue a life of wholeness, restoration, and purity reflecting His heart. This isn’t through simply reading the Bible and praying daily, but reflecting on what He has already done for us; it also gives us hope for what He has planned for us too!
“By His wounds, you have been healed”, reading this hit me in a new way this morning.
Have you ever felt so humbled and broken when reflecting on the cross and what Christ willingly endured because of love for us, but you felt so full? It can be so easy to get caught up in all of the struggles that “we endure” in life that it progressively blinds us to the truth that Christ already won the victory and we don’t have to walk in brokenness and defeat. The pain He endured healed us of ours long before pain was even a thing.
Reflecting on His wounds, His love, and His cross mends the heart. And in doing this, we then can continue to endure life’s hardships and be able to enter into the lives and hurt of others – not to reflect the pain and hardships of Christ death, but the joy of His victory in His death and resurrection.
May we never forget in the hard moments of life that we in Jesus are stuck on the cross in pain – He rose and we too are with Him. Don’t allow the struggles of life to put you on the cross – rise and walk in victory today!