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Following The Footprints

By Don Loftis | 10.18.17

In April of 1719,  Daniel Defoe published his fictional story about Robinson Crusoe.  It is a tale of a seaman’s exploits that finally land him on a seemingly deserted island where he will be marooned for seven years.  One day he saw a footprint in the sand that was not his, and he knew that he was not alone.

 

Ed Markquart suggests that Jesus’ coming into the world was a giant, divine footprint designed to tell us that we are not alone.  Paul described Jesus’ “footprint” to the Philippians by saying, “Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7).

 

Jesus came to our “island” to accomplish three things.  First, He wanted to demonstrate God’s love for His creation.  Jesus told Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.”  Secondly, Jesus came to remedy our sin dilemma once and for all.  Sacrifices were fine, but the blood of bulls and goats could not remove sin.  However, Jesus’ blood can wash away the worst of sin and its condemnation, as well.  Finally, Jesus came to live a life that we could model.  He left footprints for us to follow.  Peter noted in his first epistle, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21).

 

Not all foot prints are to be followed, but Jesus marks the perfect path for each of us to walk!

 


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