Following ChristBro. David Chancellor
7/23/2006 11:00 AM
1 Peter 2:19-23
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God, endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if when ye be buffeted for your faults ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
It means something to follow Christ. Following Christ is following God and standing on the word of God, but it also includes going through and enduring some things.
“For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God, endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” Christ endured some grief. He did what he knew God would have him to do, but suffered because of his actions at the hands of the scribes and Pharisees. They were a real grief to him. He wouldn’t do what they wanted him to do, and because of this, he endured grief from them.
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” Christ wouldn’t play semantical games; he told things just as they were.
“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” How we bear these kinds of situations is important. Follow Christ’s example.
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps; And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
“These are they which follow the Lam whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” These were following the Lamb wherever he went. You’ll have some trials in life, but you can face them with confidence that Christ has already walked that way. There was no guile in these, either, and they were found standing “without fault” before the throne of God. We should live as Jesus lived. If we suffer wrongfully, we can have the assurance that we’re right with God.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Be tuned to hear what Jesus has to say to you. He knows you. This is more important than you saying, “I know him.” When he claims you as his own, you should be glad to follow him wherever he would lead.
Before the Pentecost, the disciples weren’t always ready to go where Jesus went. They were afraid of the trouble. If you belong to him, he protects his own. He watches out for and takes care of them even through the rocky times. Stay where you can hear his voice. Follow close to him.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me, and where I am, there shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Jesus was speaking of going to the cross. He was called to be the Savior of the world, and he had to go through this. We also have things to suffer, although in our case, it isn’t a literal cross. Jesus endured the wrath, rejection and all the emotional pain his fellowmen could inflict. He went through it to bear fruit. We may confront miserable things to go through so that we can bear fruit. “… for the joy that was set before him…” Jesus endured so that the fruit could be there. We can go through looking forward to the good to come.
Serving Jesus involves following and being ready to go where he went. Don’t follow afar off. Follow close and let his decision and path be your path.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This he spake, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when Peter had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
Jesus spoke plainly to Peter. He told him, “Follow me.” Don’t worry about the others; YOU follow God. Fix your eyes on Christ and be determined to go through.
Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross. They weren’t ready for the cross then. We need to love one another and strengthen each other so that we can keep on following him. If you would follow Jesus, you need the experience of justification and sanctification. We need the Spirit of God to walk as Jesus walked. Don’t focus on others and what they’re doing; follow Jesus wherever he leads. “What is that to thee? Follow thou me.”
Disclaimer: Notes were taken and transcribed by Misti Chancellor, and are not a verbatim transcription of the sermon.