Friday, February 17, 2012
Walk This Way
When we think to follow, we think to embark on missions or in good works. Sometimes, we might remember that Christ expects us to follow Him in sacrifice and death. In other situations, we know that we must follow Him in obedience and love and compassion. But Jesus' footsteps went much farther.
Jesus began His walk before the creation of the world and it took Him through cool Eden, across desert and drained riverbed, into a cleansing Jordan, up Calvary, through hell's smouldering cinders, and back into His Father's throne room.
From before His declaration that all was good, He already knew the plan, the cross, and the victory. He calls us to meet Him in all these places.
Our own trip must go as far as His. We, by the grace of creation in God's image, began in promise. Then, by general fall and by personal failure, sank into sin. The trip is not over, however, until we triumph in reflected righteousness.
We must meet Christ at every point, sacrificed for one another because He went first, then glorified together, walking away hand in hand from the folded grave clothes.
Christ is risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection from the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.--1Corinthians 6:20-22
Likewise reckon yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ.--Romans 6:11