Even As…

 

            The claim is often made: “He/she just followed the wrong ones.” Our lives are influenced by the lives of others. The influence may come through direct contact with individuals or it may be through written or spoken words. The influence may be for good or bad, but we are all influenced by others.

            What would Jesus do? This is a question that gained great attention for a number of years. One was hard pressed to go anywhere at any time and not see the acronym WWJD. Unfortunately for many the sentiment was just a passing fad. Unfortunately for many the question was asked while not truly seeking an answer. Unfortunately for many the answer was received with apathy.

            For the Christian, WWJD is not the latest fashion statement, but it is the way of life. The outlook is not new neither was it created by some contemporary think tank. A casual reading of God’s word soon leads one to realize that God teaches that Jesus is to be our perfect example in every avenue of life. The words “even as” are often connected to Jesus Christ showing that He is to be our ultimate example.

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). Jesus is the perfect example of care and compassion. He cared for us, the lost, when we did not care for ourselves. He cared enough that He left Heaven and came to Earth; He cared enough that He took on the form of a servant; He cared enough that He allowed Himself to be crucified for our sins.

The compassion of Jesus was seen as He interacted with others. He touched those whom others rejected: the leper; the adulterous woman; the poor; the publicans. He did not condone their sins but showed compassion so that He would have opportunity to save their souls.

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love (John 15:10). Jesus was an obedient son. The Bible teaches that Jesus obeyed Joseph and Mary and He also obeyed His heavenly Father. Jesus is the perfect example of obedience. His obedience did not strangle the life of Christ but rather strengthened. The obedience of Jesus was not determined by place or people because He was obedient everywhere with everyone.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:25). The love of Christ was manifest through His obedience to God and His compassion for mankind. The only way the sins of man were going to be removed was through the blood of Christ. The Second Person of the Godhead could have desired man’s sins removed but it would have never happened without His leaving Heaven and dying on the cross. The perfect example of love, given by Jesus, is the example of action. Our love must be a love of action. Our love for God is true when it is put into an active obedience. Our love for others is true when it is put into an active compassion.

Let each of us use Jesus as our perfect example in every aspect of our lives as we follow Him home to Heaven.

                                                                                                          Tim

 

 

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