“… Because as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. God became man. He sent the perfect expression of Himself to live before us the life He would have us to live. We beheld His glory.
God did not send a doctrine. He did not come just to teach us. He came to demonstrate what a perfect, obedient, God-pleasing life looked like. The mystery of godliness was no longer a mystery. Jesus manifested perfect godliness for us to behold.
The Shepherd of the sheep has gone before us. He calls us to walk even as He walked. We are to be no mere teachers. We are to live out the life of Christ in us. We are to be living epistles seen and read of all men. We are not the Christ, but His glory is to be seen upon us.
May our eyes be opened to know the hope of our calling – even to be as He is in this world. The best teachers practice what they preach.