What a glorious truth that Jesus gave us, that we should follow in His footsteps, becoming like Him. Today we continue with the second part of our series. Again, Jesus’ words are written in italics.
Read Luke 24:13-27. Highlighted verses: Luke 24:26-27 – “‘Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
“Remember my interaction with two of my disciples on our way to Emmaus? They did not understand what had happened; their whole lives had been brought into turmoil. My questions to them were to draw them deeper, to draw them closer to me. They still did not know that I had to suffer and then be raised in glory. I had to reveal to them that my way is the only way. I had to show them the truth, the real truth. If they follow me, they would experience life in all its fullness. This was to prepare them for the road that I was asking them to walk. It was the same when Paul encountered me on his way to Damascus; I told him what I required of him. He knew that his life would not be his own, that he would go through much for my Name.
“Do you know the road I have asked you to walk? You must place your hope completely in me, for only then will you be able to face and overcome the challenges that come your way. Remember the words that I said to Peter before I ascended (John 21:20-23)? Don’t be concerned with how I ask other people to live; you must follow me. My way is one of earthly suffering and heavenly glory. If you are seeking the truth, you will find it in me. True life is found by walking in my footsteps. Count it joy when you battle through trails and inconveniences, for then you will have eternal glory!
“When the world hates you, know that it hated me first. When the flesh suffers, the Spirit is alive! Just as I journeyed to the cross and overcame it, so have I left you an example to follow (1 Peter 2:21). This life can only be lived by my grace. Encourage one another daily in this truth. My life on earth is an example for you to follow, now that I have been raised to life. I did what I did on earth to please the Father, and because of my deep love for you. This is how I was able to persevere all types of suffering and trials (Hebrews 5:7-10).
“The people who trust in human wisdom and institutions will now be exposed. These structures will and are crumbling. Follow me, and your life will be firmly planted, and nothing will bring you down. The trails that come your way are a blessing, to refine you now. I long to have a relationship with everyone. I don’t want anyone to perish and be thrown into the fire! Abandon your life to me so that you can live without fear; so that you can overcome.”
This road isn’t easy, because the flesh likes comfort. Nobody wants to give it away. But when we see the beauty of Jesus, who He is and what He has done, He becomes the greatest treasure, one we are willing to give everything away for. In Philippians 3, we can see how Paul fully followed Christ’s footsteps. He counted everything as loss for the sake of knowing Christ; he knew that nothing compared to the glory of Christ, and that sharing in His sufferings would supply him with the power that raised Christ from the dead.
As we look to Jesus afresh this morning, let us look to the extreme love displayed by our Saviour, but more than that, let us also look at the example that He gave us to follow. Let us look at His glory, a glory that will be ours if we follow Him on His way.
Questions for reflection:
- Meditate on what Jesus did on the cross. See His beauty.
- What do you think Jesus means when he says we need to follow His example of going to the cross?
- What does the cross mean to you?
- What does it mean for us to share in Christ’s suffering?
- How do you seek to be seen by the world? Do you want to be esteemed or thought of highly?
- If you were walking with Jesus towards Emmaus, what would you ask Him to reveal to you?