RESCUED: for righteousness
Have you heard of Stockholm Syndrome? It’s when a kidnapped person begins to sympathise with their kidnappers and defends them after they’ve been rescued. It sounds weird, doesn’t it? Surely you’d want to point the finger at the people who were holding your hostage, not be on their side?
I think lots of Christians live as though they’ve got a bit of Stockholm Syndrome. We’ve been rescued, but we behave as though we’re still in captivity. We’ve been brought out of darkness, but we keep hiding away from the light. We’ve been saved from our sins, but we still live as if our sin doesn’t matter.
But Jesus doesn’t RESCUE us just for us to carry on the way we were. 1 Peter 2:24 says:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness
He died because of our sins, so that we might die to sins
Without Jesus, we were stuck, trapped in our sinful behaviour. We couldn’t save ourselves. But now that he has dealt with our sins, we can live for something different. We can live for righteousness.
He died because of our sins, so that we might live for righteousness
When you think about what Jesus has done for you, does it make you think that the way you live now doesn’t matter?
When you remember that he died for your sins, do you think it’s okay to carry on sinning even more?
When you consider how he has RESCUED you, does that make you want to live differently now?