Lent – The Pattern of Redemptive Suffering

March 11, 2018 |

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-22 | Series:

In the previous section Peter gave instructions to oppressed Christians - naming the government, masters and husbands as their oppressors - and admonished them to endure their suffering without retaliation, citing the example of Jesus in the face of his oppressors. But in this paragraph it becomes clear why this advice isn’t cynical or cruel - because Peter shows how the kind of subversive submission Jesus displayed can force suffering into something purposeful. It can turn it into a form of preparation for a richer life. It can even displays a kind of power to set people free - provided that this suffering is interpreted according to the cross.