As we read and learn about Jesus’ life and ministry, we discover Him to be Christ and Lord. We discover his identity as the Son of God, and as the Saviour who has come to save us from our sin and depravity. We also learn He comes to provide us an example to follow, as we follow Him.
John 13:1-17, 31-35
Further consider the commentary of Henri Nouwen:
Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness” (Matthew 5:3-10). These words offer a self-portrait of Jesus. Jesus is the Blessed One. And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for uprightness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution. The whole message of the Gospel is this: Become like Jesus. We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him. (p. May 23, 1997, Bread for the Journey: A daybook of wisdom and faith, HarperCollins, San Francisco).
What have you learned from the example of Jesus?
In what two ways will you attempt to follow His example today?
Did you attempt these two ways of following Jesus’ example today?
What did you learn?