Jesus is the one who paid the price of discipleship, and therefore he is the foremost person we should constantly be looking to, for we see in him the reward of his obedience
The perseverance of Jesus to endure the cross and its associated shame, along with the opposition from sinners, enabled him to be rewarded by being seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Religion binds; but Jesus brings freedom. Jesus once said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Discipleship here is characterized by ‘holding to the teachings of Jesus’, and its end result is that, as we do so, we come into greater freedom.
But what is this freedom ‘from’? If we read on in John 8, we see that it is about being set free from slavery to sin.
“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (v34-36)