Let’s take a break today from the study on Matthew to read this passage and just take a minute to think on this day.
1 Peter 3:18 says this, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.”
We can say good friday. We can talk about the death, the suffering, the pain. We can talk about it all but today let’s also remember the sacrifice that was made here.
This verse has an incredible few words that just made me stop tonight as I was reading this….
“the righteous for the unrighteous.”
Jesus died for the the unrighteous. All of us. The good, the bad, everyone in between. All of us. Not some of us. Not just you and me. Not just the ones that believe. Not just the ones who go to church on Sunday. Not just the ones who serve the homeless, help the needy and the poor. Not just the ones who help the sick and stand up for the weak.
He died for the addict. The one who can’t stop thinking about the next hit. He died for the one who can’t find a way back to his family. Can’t find a way back to her son or daughter. The ones who don’t even know His name or listen for His voice. He died for the brokenhearted. The slave traders. The sex traffickers. He died for the transgender kid who’s been forced out onto the street because his parents don’t understand. He died for those who fight against His name and those who kill in His name.
He died for each and every one of us. There is no exclusion. No race, no class, no gender.
Every one of us.
It wasn’t only about you. It was about all of us. Each and every one of us. Your neighbor, your family, your friends, people you don’t know need to know.
His sacrifice is our freedom. His love is our victory.