Christís Suffering: Our Example

Matthew 10:38 He who doesnít take his cross and follow after me, isnít worthy of me.

Matthew 20:27-28 Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Luke 9:23 He said to all, ďIf anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

John 15:12-13 This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you: ĎA servant is not greater than his lord.í If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.

1 Thessalonians 1:6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:2 Walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.

Philippians 2:5-8 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who . . . emptied himself, taking the form of a servant . . . becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many children to glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 12:2-3 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame . . .  For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you donít grow weary, fainting in your souls.

1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind . . .

1 John 3:16 By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

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