[the cross to bear]

[the cross to bear]

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.

~ Jesus in Matthew 10:38, NLT

One more thought from my youth pastor that he shared one night during our prayer meeting.

I typed it in my iPod notes back then, a few weeks ago… but haven’t had a chance to share it.

The idea was… is quite profound – at least for me.

Jesus did ask His followers to take up our crosses and follow Him.

However, He didn’t say, “Take up your crosses and die alongside with me.”

He only asked us to carry our crosses.

Simon of Cyrene was asked to carry a cross. It wasn’t his to carry, but he agreed – he took up that cross and followed Jesus… to see Him killed on that very cross a short time later.

We are asked to carry our crosses, but they won’t kill us – Jesus already died on those crosses.

What do you think about that? For me this was new way of thinking.

By the way, here’s a great wise cartoon on cross-carrying

  • That is quite profound. I also liked what you said 😉
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  • Loved both this post and the cartoon. Wise thoughts both of them.
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  • Hmm. Well, we are called to die to self and die to sin every day. So, maybe it depends on your meaning of "die." I think "following Him" is the way we do that.

    • But I agree that we do not have to die, because Jesus already did!

      Amen and amen. 🙂

      • Hey, good to see you on my blog! 😀

        Right, I did think of that too (also thought of "carry each other burdens" – also sort of applies here), but the main reason Jesus died on that cross was not the usual physical death – but the "second death" – which was the punishment for the sins. And He promised that if we believe in Him, we won't die.

        Dying to oneself and to the world would be a different kind of "death" – you're right. But this "death" actually brings us life – no matter how confusing / oxymoronic it might seem.

        Thanks for coming by!
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