To Be Like Jesus

Have you ever considered what it means to be like Jesus? Is that our goal in life?

Jesus’ statement in Matthew 10:25 implies that His disciples will be like Him. To His first-century followers, that included the prospect of persecution and martyrdom. But what else does it mean to “be like Jesus,” especially for Christians in today’s culture? I see eight portraits of Jesus in Matthew’s eyewitness account that give us some clues:

  1. To be like Jesus means to accept our roots (Matthew 1:1–17).
  2. To be like Jesus means to engage the world’s pain and struggle (Matthew 1:18–2:23).
  3. To be like Jesus means to commit ourselves to other believers, no matter how “weird” they appear to be (Matthew 3:1–17).
  4. To be like Jesus means to admit our vulnerability to temptation (Matthew 4:1–11).
  5. To be like Jesus means to openly proclaim the message of Christ (Matthew 4:12–25).
  6. To be like Jesus means to commit ourselves to changed thinking and behavior (Matthew 5:1–7:27).
  7. To be like Jesus means to serve others, especially those who are oppressed or without Christ (Matthew 8:1–9:38).
  8. To be like Jesus means to affirm others in leadership (Matthew 10:1–42).

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