What Did Jesus Teach? (Part 3)

The Lord is present through the Holy Spirit. Until Jesus comes again in glory, He has sent the Holy Spirit -- a comforter -- to unite His people in love with one another and with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit--the third person of the Trinity dwells within us--guides, strengthens, and sanctifies us as we try to follow in the Lord's footsteps and joyfully await the day of His arrival. (Read John 14:16-18, 25-26; 16:7-15)

To accept Jesus is to accept the cross. To follow Jesus means to do God's will. This means living morally and serving others. Moral living and service will lead first to renouncing sin and the world's false enticements to happiness and the, inevitably, to suffering. Doing God's will requires self-denial and sacrifice, walking in the very footsteps of the Lord. "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me" (Mt. 16:24). But Jesus promises that He will make the burden "light and easy" and that we will share in the peace and joy of the resurrection. A life of service means dying to selfishness, but it leads to an eternal life of happiness. (Read Luke 12:13-21; 13:22-30; 16:19-31)