The apostle Peter tells us that Jesus is our example to follow when we suffer wrongfully because he also suffered wrongfully when he died for our sins (see 1 Peter 2:19-24). The gospels and the book of Acts reveal that Jesus was unjustly condemned by the hands of sinful men.
Consider Acts 8:33: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth.
Other translations say:
- He was humiliated and received no justice…(NLT)
- In His humiliation He was taken away by distressing and oppressive judgment and justice was denied Him …(Amplified Bible)
- In His humiliation justice was denied Him …(Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Acts 8:33 is a quote from Isaiah 53:8 which says, “ He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
Some other translations of Isaiah 53:8 say the following:
- Unjustly condemned, he was led away…(New Living Translation)
- By oppression and judgment He was taken away…(Amplified Bible)
- He was condemned to death without a fair trial… (Contemporary English Version).
Those who killed Jesus hated him without a cause because they hated both He and the Father (John 15:24-25). Jesus died an unjust death at their hands because they were gathered against God and against His Christ. ~ Acts 4:26-27
Christ was vindicated in his resurrection when God raised him from the dead and exalted Him at His own right hand. This is why the apostles (throughout the book of Acts) lay blame for the death of Jesus on the people, and the resurrection they attribute to God in opposition to what they had done in crucifying him.
In 1 Peter 2, the apostle Peter (who learned firsthand from Jesus what had happened at the cross) says that Jesus suffering wrongfully. The apostle Peter goes on to tell us that Jesus committed Himself to the ONE who judges righteously (a reference to God the righteous Judge). Peter makes these statements in view of the cross saying “Jesus bore our sins in His body.”
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ~ 1 Peter 2:19-24
Notice that the apostle Peter actually says that Jesus is our example of how we are to endure when we suffer wrongfully. According to Peter, Jesus bore our sins as one who suffered wrongly and Jesus committed himself to the One who judges righteously.