By his wounds, you have been healed.1 Peter 2:24

It is the time of the year that the church’s focus is on the suffering and death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. What that means anyone familiar with church, can tell. However, it is noteworthy that the apostle places this in the context of God’s people being a chosen royal race, called to be submissive to authorities and suffering graciously. That directive springs from Christ’s suffering and death. That means so much more than payment for sins. It is a live-changing experience. It is an awareness of our royal identity, while experiencing servant-like conditions.