Reflecting on 1 Peter for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

From First and Second Peter, Jude (Coming November 2011) by Daniel Keating, reflecting on 1 Peter 2:21-25:

Peter’s magnificent account of Christ in these verses is really a commentary on Christ’s own words, “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Some scholars have called this Peter’s “Servant Christology.” By this they mean that Peter sees Jesus primarily through the lens of his voluntary suffering that brought about our salvation, and this is why Isa 53 is so crucial to Peter’s portrait of Jesus here. This is true but does not go far enough. Peter does not stop with painting a portrait of Christ that we can peer at from a safe distance. He also calls us to follow Christ’s example and walk in his steps, thus laying the foundation for the imitation of Christ as an essential element in Christian spirituality.

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