KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”.
The Lord asks us to follow him.
This means to learn from him. Matthew 11:29 ” Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
In this instant too he asks us to join ourselves to him or get closer to him and learn from him. He is our example.
The Lord during his days in the flesh did not act from His nature as God, but as a man, Philippians 2:5-7 “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
Who being in the form of God, thought in not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.” The Lord Jesus put aside the reputation or glory as God (John 17:5). He walked on this earth as a man.
Everything he did was done in obedience unto the father. He depended on the Holy Spirit to do everything. His life was a demonstration of the ideal life God ordained for men to live. His way of dealing with the sick is an example for us. His love for humanity is a pure example and his attitude to the devil is how we must handle Satan and his cohorts.
The apostles imitated him yet they are not our ultimate standard. The Lord Jesus is our example. You can do as he did if we would believe in him.
John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. The Lord Jesus meant what He said, believe Him and walk in that glorious life.
The Lord Jesus is my perfect example
As I follow him he makes me demonstrate his full abilities and I do greater works because I believe in him. My life is a direct reflection of his power and glory.
Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”