Paul, writing to his pupil Timothy said that he should, “…but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” But where does he find this example? Where should we look to see a model for living that would “set an example?”
Christ’s example in speech had nothing to do with the words that he used; it had everything to do with his message. But what was his message if not that the Kingdom is at hand, and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, and that no man comes to the Father except through Him. This powerful statement by Jesus Christ was the element that differentiated Jesus from all who came before him. Every prophet who came before spoke of Jesus who would be the cornerstone, and every believer rests upon the perfection found in Jesus Christ as Savior.
This statement killed Jesus as well as his disciples. It was the reason why the church was all but crushed by the oppression of Rome, and it is also why we have life today.
We imitate His example by delivering the same message. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one will come to the father except through Him.