Christ: The Perfect Model

I once sat in front of Christus, a 19th century Carrara marble statue of the resurrected Jesus by Bertel Thorvaldsen. It is a beautiful thing to behold. I have asked my self after seeing the Christus whether our Lord actually resembled the Christus when he walked the dusty street of Nazareth. Perhaps Prophet Isaiah was referring to his physical appearance during his crucifixion when he said “There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.” Even if not, one thing is certain. Christ is the most excellent of men. Splendid in beauty. Perfectly and altogether lovely. “His power, grace, justice, tenderness, truth, majesty and immutability combine to make Him a man that neither heaven nor earth have seen elsewhere.” Our response should be to imitate Him and make Him our perfect model. No matter how we were raised or who has influenced our lives, we can move beyond those limitations by taking Christ as our example and consciously try to live as He did. Charles Spurgeon writes “Imitate Jesus in His holiness. He was zealous; you should be, too, always going about doing good. He was self-denying; you should be, too. He was devout; you too, should be fervent in your prayers. He submitted to His Father’s will; and so should you. He was patient; and you, too, must learn to endure. Above all, forgive your enemies, as Jesus did.” Jesus Himself invited us to walk and work with him so that we can learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Read the way he actually said it: “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”