"For even hereunto were ye called: Because Christ
also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye
       should follow His steps:"
1 Peter 2:21


      Many do not understand, that even after you get saved and become a Christian; you will be faced with opposition, persecutions, trials and hardships.  Christians are called to suffer.   Being a Christian does not exempt us from suffering.  It may actually increase it.  But, thanks be to God, Paul wrote ..."If so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. -- For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:17,18).     
      Peter exhorts us to remember that Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example to follow in His steps.  Did not Jesus, when He called His disciples, say, Come follow me?  In other words; Do as I do, go where I lead, be like unto me.  Christ is our supreme example.
     As we celebrate His death, burial and resurrection during this Holy week; May we see Jesus in His righteousness, His faithfulness, His unwavering love for us and the Father:  And how He did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; When He suffered, He threatened not; But committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously: Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: By whose stripes we were healed. (1 Peter 2:22-24)
     Glory to God in the highest!  Worthy is the Lamb! Jesus is Lord! 
Happy Holy Week
Pastor Larry





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