Let us never relax our grasp on the Hope and Pledge of our righteousness; I mean Jesus Christ, "who bore our sins in His own body on the tree," "who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth,1" who steadfastly endured all things for our sakes, that we might have life in Him. Let us then imitate His patient endurance; and if we suffer for His name's sake, let us give glory to Him. For that is the example He gave us in His own Person, and in which we have learned to put our faith.
~ Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
1. I Peter 2:22,24.