Following in the footprints of Jesus


Many great men have come and gone, but none like Jesus of Nazareth.

There have been great teachers, but Jesus was both a teacher (one who taught others) and also a prophet (one who could do great signs and accurately foretell the future).

In Matthew 7:29, the Word of God records that Jesus "taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes".

He taught in the synagogues and temple.  He taught by the seaside.  He taught crowds from a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.  He taught on the mountain.  He taught in small groups in the home of a friend.  He taught as he walked the roads of Palestine.  He taught in an olive grove in the still of the night immediately before His death.

Even the Jewish leaders recognised that He was "a teacher come from God" (John 3:2), though they chose not to follow Him themselves.

In Luke 7:16, the people of Nain (about 16 kilometres to the south-east of Nazareth), having witnessed the raising of the widow's son, "glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us;  and, That God hath visited His people".

Great men live and die and are honoured in death by those who knew them, but no man, apart from Jesus, has lived and died to be "the Lamb of God", to be a sacrifice for others' sins.  No man, except Jesus, has died to become the Saviour of the world, the Redeemer of mankind.

And no man who has ever lived, apart from Jesus – not even men who have claimed to be great prophets and have millions of followers around the world today – could claim to be the Son of God Himself.  Born to Mary, a Jewess from the little village of Nazareth near Jerusalem, and raised by Joseph the carpenter as his own son, Jesus came from His Father in heaven "in the fulness of time" (Galatians 4:4) to be the Saviour of God's people.

©  Bevan Collingwood, 2016


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