Encouraging, Living, Reaching

February 24, 2017

Andrew Brown

John 12:26 “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” 12:37 “But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him” 12:43 “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”

Following Christ is so often looked at exclusively in terms of practical – how to live the Christian life – teaching. Not to take away from that at all, but to where was He asking us to follow?

THE CROSS!  Follow Him to the cross! There we put to death the flesh. There sin is dealt with. There at the cross, self becomes nothing and Christ becomes everything having exchanged my sin for His righteousness, my well deserved wrath for reconciliation to the Father! At the cross we put to death self will by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified for sinners. Christ was then from the cross buried and gloriously raised from the dead for sinners. Praise to God! Follow Him, rejoice in Him.