This blog is about the life Christ has in store for those who desire to follow Him.
It’s interesting to note, that Christ called His disciples to follow Him in the three years prior to His death on the cross. This time of His so-called ministry, Jesus was already dying, because He knew what was awaiting Him at the end of His journey.
And yet, He told His disciples to follow Him in that, which was set before Him… That is, death on the cross.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me,
he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
(Matthew 16:24 NASB)
Before there is eternal life, there needs be the death of this current life. The life now cannot be the same in the next. That is why there is a thing called death. Death separates. It puts a stop to something past or old and gives way to something new.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
(John 12:24 NASB)
Death is essential to the life of a follower of Christ.
And while He was dying (on His way to death), Jesus Christ painted for His followers back then and even to this very day a very vivid picture of what He expects from His dying followers in deed:
So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
(John 13:12-15 NASB)
That is why we are required to count the cost of becoming a disciple (Luke 14:25-35). Not everyone is ready to leave this life behind and drop everything for the sake of God’s Kingdom:
To die and to serve wholeheartedly.