Jesus did not offer any conditions when He told his disciples to follow him. He didn’t give them any specifics. He didn’t tell them where they would be going. He didn’t say follow me, unless I go somewhere that you don’t want to follow. He simply said, “Follow Me.” And that meant Everywhere.
And if I may, let me suggest on this Easter week, that there are three very specific places that we must follow Him; we must follow Him to the cross, we must follow Him to the grave; and then (and only then) we will follow Him in resurrection.
1. The Cross
“Take up your cross and follow me,” is what Jesus said. There is no following Christ without a cross. There is no following Christ without repentance. Many imagine that they are following Jesus but they have not turned from their sin and toward Him. Paul knew it and understood it. He said, “I die daily,” and “I am crucified with Christ.” If we are going to follow Him, following Him to the cross will be one of the first steps that we take.
2. The Grave
Just as Jesus was buried, we also must be buried with Him in Baptism. Baptism is done by immersion (greek: baptizo) and is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul had more to say about this in his letter to the Romans, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death…” If we have followed Jesus to the cross, it is only natural that we will follow Him to the Grave.
3. The Resurrection
Finally, if we have followed Jesus to the cross and to the grave, we are promised that we will follow Him in resurrection. “…that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:” When we follow Jesus to the cross in repentance and to the grave in baptism, we are promised that we shall follow Him in resurrection as we are gloriously filled with the Holy Ghost!
What do you say friend? Have you followed Him Everywhere? If not, this Easter season would be a great time to fall in behind Jesus and let your heart sing, “where He leads me, I will follow.”