Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
Jesus never asks us to go to places where he did not go. In that sense he was a front-line general and not one who leads us from the safety of a command center as some generals are known to do. Jesus leads us by example.. his courage inspires courage in us.. his prayer filled relationship with the Father is an example for our relationship with him.. his love amazes us and elevates the way that we lay down our lives for others.
When I consider the way that many of the apostles died I am brought to the reality that a discipleship that costs us nothing is not true Christian discipleship. It reminds me that Jesus laid it all down for us - he laid down his life in heaven to become a man and he laid down his earthly life on the cross to become the savior of all mankind. The apostles understood the message of the cross. They knew that they were not greater than their master.
I bow to you Lord Jesus. Forgive my grumbling when I suffer. Thank you for your example.