“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 ESV)
Jesus Christ’s redemption is a healing redemption. The wounds of Christ have brought death to sin and life to righteousness. Christianity is not a mere head knowledge but a heart crucifixion and resurrection which results in a righteous transformed life.
“That we might die to sin”
I struggle with the sin of anger and frustration. We are currently in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Yesterday we spent the day at the Creation Museum in Petersburg. The drive to get there was about 14 hours. My littlest two children, Sammy and Elsa, constantly talk, interrupt, and ask the same questions over and over and over. They do this because they are little and need the constant reminders a normal 3 and 5 year old should need. Yet I forget this in the moment and expect them to function as a mature adult Christian. Why do I do this? Haven’t I died to sin?
My old self has been crucified with Christ, yet it kicks, squirms, yells, and hurls insults while it hangs there on the tree. Oh, when will it die that I might live to righteousness? By his wounds I have been healed. By his wounds I have been healed. Jesus bore my sin of anger and frustration upon the tree. God has already treated the Son of God as if he got angry and frustrated with my kids. Oh what a fountain of grace we have through the wounds of Christ.