Divine Dignity

Michael Beck

“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:23)

No one was ever treated worse than Jesus. He did not deserve what men gave Him. He deserved the highest honor, but was rewarded with a crown of thorns. He should have been effusively praised, but was brutally punished with the whip. He was deemed an evildoer, justly chastened for His crimes, but He did not commit a single sin. He patiently bore in His own body our sins, without angry retaliation, with no attempt to vindicate Himself, with nothing but prayer for His abusers.

By His suffering and death, Jesus has left the world a display of glory that could only be found in a Man who was God. And we, who mistreat and cannot stand to be mistreated, have been given the opportunity to share the glory of this God-Man, Jesus Christ. If He abides in us, and we abide in Him, we will walk even as He walked.

We cannot overcome injustice apart from the Just One; we can only be overcome, and resort to our own indignant overreactions. It is through Christ alone that we can overcome the worst evil done to us, and mount a response that is full of God’s goodness and glory. By the power of Christ in us we can shine brightly in the day of the greatest assault on our dignity. And by doing so, we can be worthy of the highest honor possible. If we suffer with our Lord, we will reign with Him.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.