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Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:18-24

The Sacrifice of Jesus



1.  The sacrifice of Jesus is the supreme example of acting under “conscience toward God” (2:19) – His very reason (and ours) for sacrifice and suffering, 1 Pet. 2:18-24.

2.  The faith which forms the basis of sacrifice requires:

  a.  Requires respectful submission to higher authority, 2:18.

  b.  Patient endurance (of wrong) an integral part of sacrifice, 2:19-20.

  c.  Doing “good” will require willingness to suffer for it, 2:20 (2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Pet. 3:17).

  d.  Must commit yourself to God (give yourself over), 2:23.

3.  Such sacrifice is “commendable before God” (2:19, 20).

4.  Jesus’ sacrifice is an example for us to walk in, 1 Pet. 2:21.

5.  What did Jesus sacrifice for us?  What are we to sacrifice for Him?



  A.  He Emptied Himself of the Glory, Honor and Majesty of Deity, Phil. 2:6-8.

    1.  Possessed throughout eternity, Jno. 17:5.

    2.  High and holy Jno. 12:37-41 – Isaiah saw His glory, Isa. 6:1-5.

    3.  Glimpse of His glory seen at His transfiguration, Matt. 17:2; 2 Pet. 1:16-18.

  B.  We must Sacrifice Glory and Honor for His Sake, Jno. 12:42-43.

    1.  Humility, Phil. 2:5.

    2.  Overriding commitment to honor (glorify) God, cf. Jno. 17:1, 4.

    3.  Obedient to God's will, Phil. 2:8.



  A.  The Life of Jesus was Difficult, Demanding and often Dependent upon Others.

    1.  His birth and first years, Lk. 2:7; Matt. 2:14-15.

    2.  A carpenter by trade, Mk. 6:3 (honest, humble and meager).

    3.  His years of ministry, Lk. 9:58.

    4.  Rejected by his brothers, Mk. 3:21; Jno. 7:5.

    5.  Sustained by the charity of others, Lk. 8:1-3.

  B.  Christians are to Sacrifice Comfort in  Order to Follow Jesus.

    1.  Sacrifice, priority, commitment, Lk. 9:57-62.

    2.  Have faith in Christ to provide – Do not be distracted by material pursuits, Matt. 6:25-34.

    3.  Sacrifice the pleasures of sin for the reproach of Christ, Heb. 11:24-25.  cf. Apostles: 1 Cor. 4:8-14, Be warned.



  A.  He was not Treated Fairly: He was Despised, Rejected, Oppressed and Humiliated, Isa. 53:3-8.

    1.  Mankind and the Jewish people, Jno. 1:10-11.

    2.  Arrest, trials, scourging, crucifixion, Acts 8:32-33.

    3.  Hated without cause, Jno. 15:25.

  B.  Christians must Sacrifice the Approval of Others in Order to Follow Christ, 1 Pet. 3:13-18.

    1.  Family, Matt. 10:34-37.

    2.  Friends, 1 Pet. 4:4.

    3.  Brethren in name but not in faith, 3 Jno. 9-10.

    4.  Stand with the Lord:  He will stand with you and preserve you for the heavenly kingdom, 2 Tim. 4:16-17.



1.  The sacrifice of Jesus was an expression of complete love, Eph. 5:2.

2.  Song: “I gave my life for thee…what hast thou given for me?”

3.  Make whatever sacrifice is necessary to enter heaven, Matt. 5:29-30 (Lk. 9:23).



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: October 9, 2015