The original Christian recipients of Peter’s first epistle were suffering (1Pe 5:10). And though they were experiencing various kinds of trials (1:6), their suffering was in large measure due to persecution (2:12, 3:13-14, 4:4). They were suffering at the hands of unbelievers because they were following Christ. They were suffering for righteousness sake, and being reproached for the name of Christ.
Peter wrote to encourage them in their suffering by reminding them that Christ also suffered and that when they suffered they were following in His steps (2:20-21). Therefore, they should not think it strange when they suffer for the One they emulate also suffered. In fact, Christians should rejoice when they suffer persecution because they are not only partaking of Christ’s sufferings, but will one day share in His glory (4:12-19). When Christ’s glory is revealed at His coming we will be glad with exceeding joy! As the hymn writer put it, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!” Life’s trials including persecution will seem so small when we see Christ!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Corinthians 4:17).