It was customary for a condemned person to carry his cross on the way to his execution. So in essence Jesus was telling His disciples that we must be willing to follow Him even until death, because "He that loveth his life shall lose it......." (Jn. 12:25). Jesus said in Matt. 16:24 that "......let him deny himself, and take up his cross...." To deny ourself means to refuse our own claims upon ourself and to surrender our lives from our own works of righteousness, worldly living and lust. We are to take up our cross, to "take up" is translated as "lift up" in the Greek, which is a stronger word than that used in Matt. 10:38, and implies a lifting of the cross on HIGH, so that ALL may see it! This is the strongest statement in the New Testament about the disciple's need to curcify himself, by yielding to the claims of Christ's Lordship over him (cf. 2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Pet. 2:21). We must bear the burdens, afflictions, and the shame that will accomany carrying our cross. But "if we suffer, we shall also reign with him..." 2 Tim. 2:12. Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by JesusIsLord4Ever
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