I am a Sunday School teacher.
I was reading an article studying details of a lesson I was going to teach.
What I was looking up dealt with passages about Jesus taking away the sins of the world-bearing them in His body. The author I was reading brought up something that I find myself revisiting often.
As Christ moved forward towards His ultimate act of obedience to God, His death on the cross. He endured the most awful abuses of man. He was betrayed, verbally abused, mentally abused, physically abused, beaten, scorned, mocked, stripped of dignity, etc., etc., I don’t want to go on.
BUT, and here is the point, He did not sin by giving it back. In all honesty, this is what gets us, isn’t it. He was quiet as a lamb. He broke the cycle of sin. He took in sin and did not return it. He endured without retaliation. How radical. How powerful.
How many times have we been sinned against-hundreds, thousands??? How many of those times have we participated in the cycle by sinning back-telling everyone we know what they did, become angry and lashing out, or even doing something back to them. Never ending cycle.
Is the only way to respond to being sinned against retaliation? Obviously not. Was it easy for Him? No! Will it be easy for us? Not on your life. But what a better way. What a higher way. What a way to participate in the purposes and ways of the Kingdom of God-do not allow the cycle of sin to pass through you. Stop the cycle. Cut it off.
And, in closing, another verse I have thought on many a time: Although He was the Son, even He learned obedience through what he suffered. He was made perfect through His suffering. What a way to frame the suffering we endure at the hands of others-as perfecting us.
Some questions we might ask ourselves.: Do we participate in the sin cycle or do we break it? Is not retaliating a sign of weakness or strength? If we don’t retaliate, do we have to take sin in allowing it to destroy us internally, or can we give it to God and allow Him to deal with it?
Jesus modeled for us a better way to deal with sin than become a participant in it-stop the cycle.