Teacher: – “Sally, why did you draw Jesus on a horse?”
Sally: – “He’s giving his Sermon on the Mount!”
I have always seen Jesus’ sermon on the Mount as an exhortation to us mere mortals to live rightly from our hearts before God and with our fellows. Reading it this time though, I realised it is also a statement of Jesus’ core values… of who He is… of His heart.
Look at the list, Matthew 5;
v4 rejection of sin
v11 love for God.
This fits with the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Yes, it’s definitely Him alright. So, when he calls us to follow Him, he also calls us to be like Him.
I don’t recall Jesus ever being on a horse. So, how did He get around? Well, apart from a couple of excursions on a donkey, He walked. Someone with time on their hands has worked out that during His lifetime he walked some 34,000kms. That’s just short of once around the earth! That’s a lot of footsteps!
In the 1950’s a bunch of us teenagers would regularly hit the West Auckland beaches. One of our more innocent activities was to walk single file on the unmarked sand stepping exactly in the leader’s footprints to make it look as though only one person had passed by. Harder than you might think to do, as everyone has a different gait and stride length so you have to adjust your style to that of the leader. However, after a while, imitating the leader becomes somewhat normalised if not actually second nature.
While our feet cannot fit exactly into Jesus’ footprints, we can still tread in them; while we can’t be Jesus, we can be like Him!
We can walk in Jesus’ footsteps even if our feet don’t quite fit!
“Every perfection in this life has some imperfection mixed with it and no learning of ours is without some darkness.” Thomas a Kempis-The Imitation of Christ (ca. 1420).