Daily Devotionals

Easter 2022: Friday

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Our society today is about instant gratification. We don’t like to wait for anything, and we want all of our problems solved at once. Instant gratification is nice at the moment, but it does not always address the real needs that we have. For example, fast food is easy and convenient, but a healthy meal at home with plenty of vegetables is what our bodies need. Fast food is good at the moment, but what we need is good nutritious food. This is also true on a spiritual level. We often have doubts because we expect God to fix all of the problems that we face daily, but Scripture teaches God does not work that way. When we could not see it, God saw through our deepest need: we needed to be saved from sin and death, and He did something about it. He sent Jesus to rescue us.

 As soon as sin entered the world, pain, heartache, sickness, and more entered the world along with it. Romans 6:23 tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” All of the heartache we experience in this world directly results from sin. While we want all of our pain and hardships to go away, we have a deeper problem. We have a sin problem. We have a deeper problem beyond even the difficult problems that we face every day. If we were instantly healed of our sickness or the broken relationship we have is immediately restored, we would still have a sin problem, and that sin separates us from God and leads to death. However, the good news is that when we were lost in our sin, God did something about it. He sent Jesus to rescue us. 

Scripture teaches that Jesus came to take care of our deepest need: rescuing us from sin. 1 Peter 2 says that “He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right” (verse 24). When sin caused destruction and separated us from God, Jesus rescued us. He died for our sins on the cross, paying the price we could not pay so that we could be dead for sin, once and for all. That’s why 1 Peter 2:24 ends with, “by His wounds, you are healed.” Because of Jesus, we have healing if we place our faith in Christ. 

Jesus took care of our deepest need, and He saved us from sin so that we can have life in Him. When He came to earth, He came on a rescue mission. He saw our deepest need and rescued us. He saw the bigger picture when we could not. While we may be tempted for a quick fix, He sees our deepest needs. He did this all because of His great love for us. Will you trust Him today?

Moving toward action

Sometimes we need the reminder that God sees the bigger picture that we cannot see. We want a quick fix, but God wants to take care of our deepest needs. He wants to rescue us. So write down 1 Peter 2:24 in your notebook, journal, or piece of paper. Let the words sink into your heart as you write down this verse. Then, whatever you face in this life, you can be confident that you are taken care of, and God cares about you.

Going Deeper

1 Peter 2:1-25 (NLT)

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say,

“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,

chosen for great honor,

and anyone who trusts in him

will never be disgraced.”

Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him,

“The stone that the builders rejected

has now become the cornerstone.”


“He is the stone that makes people stumble,

the rock that makes them fall.”

They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

“Once you had no identity as a people;

now you are God’s people.

Once you received no mercy;

now you have received God’s mercy.”

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.


For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.

It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.


You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned,

nor ever deceived anyone.

He did not retaliate when he was insulted,

nor threaten revenge when he suffered.

He left his case in the hands of God,

who always judges fairly.

He personally carried our sins

in his body on the cross

so that we can be dead to sin

and live for what is right.

By his wounds

you are healed.

Once you were like sheep

who wandered away.

But now you have turned to your Shepherd,

the Guardian of your souls.