A Blessed Alienation

24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness … (1 Peter 2).

The word “bore” is often translated in the Bible as “offer” and suggests the idea of “lifting up and placing on an altar”—which is exactly what our Lord did with our sins. He was was the sacrifice and the Cross was the altar. Thus, when He died, our sins died, too, right there along with Him. And, because of this, we now have the opportunity each day to “die to sin.”

Which brings us to yet one more word that is used exclusively by Peter—the one word translated here as “might die.” It means “to become totally alienated from”—and in this case it means to be totally alienated from our sins. We, who were once alienated from God (Ephesians 2:12) because of our sin and godlessness, are now alienated from sin because of Christ’s sinlessness.  What a blessed alienation!

Because the cross separates us from sin, we should now “live to righteousness” by continuing to separate ourselves from the “sin which so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1). We do this as we “take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23) and “present [our] bodies as a living and holy sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).  

Lord, thank You for this great separation between ourselves and sin! Help us This Day to see this manifested in our lives as we pursue righteousness and holy living. Amen.