Without Christ's Example
What would this country be without a president? What is the condition of a company without an owner or boss/ What is a soldier without a commander? What is the hand without the head? What is a Christian without Christ?
Without Jesus’ example and teaching, we would have no concept of moral excellence. Without Jesus’ love, what would provide the most noble of motives to influence us to serve? Without Jesus’ interceding, we would not have a mediator before God. Without Jesus’ promises, we would lack the encouragement and inspiration needed when facing difficulties and trials. Without Jesus, there would be no deliverance from the bondage of sin and death. As stated by Peter: “And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Forgiveness is hard to grasp without Christ’s example (Luke 23:43). We fail to discover the meaning of truth unless Jesus shows us (Ephesians 4:21).
It is Jesus Himself who calls upon us to “follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Therefore, the implication is no pattern of life is greater to step into than the one Jesus has left. That involves studying Him. It implies and implores us to be connected to Him. Our union with Christ is the most precious and most needful relationship. Being around Christ-less people, there needs to be someone who will not be ashamed to imitate the path the Master has trod. That someone is every disciple who is willing to follow His steps.