Before Jesus came to earth, the Jewish people didn't know their Messiah. They had the old testament, which detailed His coming and outlined God's expectations for their lives, but they operated by a set of rules on a scroll. Now, Jesus has walked this planet. And He did more than forgive our sins and make a way for us to have eternal salvation; He also set the standard for living up to God's Word. He lived in the world and formed relationships and taught disciples and issued instructions. We have more than words on a page; we have a tangible example of how to walk them out. We can look to the model Jesus set for us and know how to approach every situation. He gave us specific depictions of how to respond to everything life could throw at us and yet remain righteous and upstanding. That's a blessing. It also means we're responsible for following that example. Now that we can look at the embodiment of obedience to God, we're even more accountable to live that way. Jesus did us the favor of simplifying the commandments from ten into two, and then showing us how to obey them. But that requires us to pattern our own lives after His and adhere to those two commandments. We can't claim that Christ had different experiences, either. We know He faced loss, betrayal, temptation, frustration, abuse, slander, condescension and mistrust. He was faced with addressing social issues such as racism and homelessness and ostracized populations. He knew contentious and willfully ignorant people. He had parents and siblings and neighbors. Jesus is our example, and because He was human, everything He did we can also do. As Christians, we're called to pattern ourselves after Him. As exponents of Christ, we're called to be Jesus to the world.
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