Jesus is both our substitute and our example; don’t neglect either Biblical teaching!

The Lord Jesus died not only to be His people’s substitute but to be our example as well – we are to love one another even as He loved us, by giving Himself up for us. He came as one who served, and calls us to take the same posture (Luke 22:26-27). Some people say Jesus is only a good example, and so lose the gospel of a substitutionary atonement; others, to guard the gospel, are afraid to say “Be like Jesus.” Jesus had no problem telling His people to imitate Him. Let us trust in His merits and sacrifice alone for salvation, and seek to love as He loved this day.


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