Smelling Like Christ

Michael Beck

“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ …” (2 Corinthians 2:15)

Christ was not the first, nor the last man to be condemned unjustly. One day He will return to judge the world in righteousness. He will establish perfect judgment and justice in the earth. But in His first coming He set us an example as to how to be the object of injustice. He endured grief, suffering wrongfully, and He took it patiently. He took His last breath as a vilified criminal. In the eyes of others He got what was coming to Him. But it pleased the Father to bruise Him and put His soul to grief. His willingness to patiently bear our sins in His own body was a sweet-smelling savor to God.

We deserve no special credit when we suffer consequences for our wrongdoing. But what gained Christ the highest favor in the sight of the Father was His willingness to suffer unjustly, and to do so with the utmost patience and refusal to retaliate. Through the grace of Christ the unjust are made just, but now they are also called to display the same grace.

What unfair charge is being leveled against you? Does it not please the Father to see you bruised? If such bruising will be the means to bring forth in you the sweet witness of Christ, the Father bids you to take up your cross and be conformed to the image of His Son.

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.