Following in footsteps of Jesus
The first to follow in the footsteps of Jesus were the Disciples. After the death of Jesus, they continued proclaiming the Good News of salvation. When we look at the history of the Apostles we realize that the great majority of them were martyred. For example, Saint Peter was crucified upside down because he didn't feel he was worthy to die in the same way as Jesus. Saint Andrew was tied down to a cross in the form of an X, and was left there to starve. And like these, there are many.