He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; (1 Peter 2:22)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The sinlessness of Jesus Christ is a marvel to us. Here is a man who was tempted in every way that we are, yet remained without sin. Furthermore, every time Jesus opened his mouth, he spoke truthfully, without twisting the truth to his own advantage or shaping the truth to fit a certain context. How can this be? It would be easy for us to dismiss any comparison between Jesus and ourselves by saying, “Well, Jesus was God, so he was not really like one of us.” But I don’t think that we should be so readily dismissive. In the previous verse, Peter said that Jesus has left an example for us to follow. If so, then it was Jesus’ intention that we live as he lived. The question before us is this, “Can we truly live a holy life as Jesus did?” To this, I will answer yes, but with some reservation.
I believe that holiness is something we learn over time, with many failures and setbacks. But in each trial, we are given the opportunity of exercising our own free will. Every time we open our mouth, we have the choice of speaking the truth honestly or twisting it to our advantage. Jesus was indeed empowered by the Holy Spirit at his baptism, but we also are empowered by the same Spirit. Because we are prone to sin, it takes time for us to learn new ways. This is why Jesus established the process of learning to which we refer as “discipleship.” The purpose of discipleship is that we might become mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the example you have set before us. Be patient with me when I fall. Encourage me to stay focused and move forward. Let the example of your life inspire me to press onward until I experience victory.