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Tracing your hupogrammon

One of my favorite Greek words is found in 1 Peter 2:21. In fact, this is the only time the word is found in the Greek New Testament. The English text says, "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." The word "example" in this verse (for what Jesus left us) is from the Greek word hupogrammon.

This compound word (from its verb form) literally means "write" (grapho) "under" (hupo). It involves a writing-copy that one was given to imitate. The word was often used of "the copy-head at the top of a child's exercise book for the child to imitate, including all the letters of the alphabet" (Robertson's Word Pictures).

Do you remember those letters that you used to trace, in order to learn how to write your letters? The example was at the top of the page, and you wrote yours right underneath. Jesus is the example for us at the top of our page. Look at Him. Imitate Him. Trace Him.