The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps" (1 Pet. 2:21).

When we are in Kansas, we often go for walks. The nearest paved road is 2.5 miles away from the farmhouse, so we often see footprints along the way. Those footprints identify the animal that made them. People also leave footprints...Not just physical ones but spiritual footprints that let us know that they have had an influence on our lives. Those footprints are left in our hearts when people we love pass away. These footprints of influence are often worth following in our lives. In today's verse, Peter tells us about the steps of Jesus, and says "that you should follow in His steps."

The very next verse says that, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth." The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us about Jesus the high priest. "But we have one (high priest) who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin" (4:15). When Jesus told us, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6), He is telling us to follow in His steps. He came to us from heaven and returned after His resurrection...Only He has been over the road...Only He knows the way! His footprints are there for us to follow...

At the age of twelve, Jesus sat in the temple with the teachers, asking them questions (Luke 2: 42-49). When His mom questioned why He had caused them worry, He uttered those famous words, "I must be about my Father's business." As we follow in His steps, they will lead us to doing the "business" of God also. There are so many aspects of the footprints that Jesus left that we ought to follow. The beginning of His ministry was marked in Matthew 3:13-17. Jesus sought out John so that He could be baptized. He said it was "to fulfill all righteousness" (V 15). His baptism indicated that He was "consecrated" to God and officially approved by Him, as especially shown when the Holy Spirit descended. God's words were, "This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased" (V 17). By His baptism, Jesus identified with the sin of humanity, even though He did not need the repentance and cleansing. "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 2:21). His baptism was an example to His followers, and another footprint to follow..More of Jesus' footprints tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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