Christ Is Our Example

Christ Is Our Example

When Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be born as a human being, to grow up as a human child, and to mature into adulthood, He became our example for righteous and holy living.  He is our pattern for living.  So, let us obey Him and follow Him.

Let us look at the Scriptures:

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (Joh 13:14-15 NIV, emphasis added)

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.  (1 Pet 2:21 NIV)

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continuously.”  (Mt 16:24 ISV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  (Eph 5:1 ESV)

The one who claims to remain in him ought to live in the same way as he lived.  (1 Joh 2:6 CEB)

This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.  (1 Joh 3:16 NCV)

The Bible is clear in urging us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  It may say it in different ways, but they all teach us that Jesus is our example.  In the Bible, we are told to:

  • Do as Jesus has done;
  • Follow Jesus’ footsteps;
  • Deny ourselves and follow Jesus;
  • Imitate the Lord;
  • Live in the same way that He lived; and
  • Give our lives for our brothers and sisters.

Jesus is our pattern for living because He was without sin.  He taught eternal truths that will always be up to date.  The principles that Jesus gave us for living will give us mastery and victory over every area of our lives.  Praise God!

From Enemy to Ally

From Enemy to Ally

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.  (2 Cor 2:14 NIV)

The author of this passage (the apostle, Paul) speaks of “triumphal procession” because the Romans would routinely hold such events to demonstrate their victory over an enemy and to lead their captive enemies to their deaths.  The enemies who were not executed were sold into slavery.

In the passage above, Paul says that we are led as “captives” in Christ’s triumphal procession but that the Lord uses US to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere!  This is an image of a pleasant fragrance or perfume being released! 

How is that possible?  Because when Christ captures or subdues a person, He reigns in our lives as a benevolent and loving King.  Yes, we are in submission to our divine Captor, but it is a submission and yieldedness born out of love and willingness on our part. 

In the kingdom of King Jesus, His conquered enemies are transformed into His beloved and cherished allies—even so far as to becoming His beloved children.  He shares His blessings, kindnesses, and gifts with all of those whom He lovingly pursues and conquers!  He also shares with each one of us His eternal victory.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Cor 15:57 NKJV, emphasis added)

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  (1 Joh 5:4)

Glory to God most High!