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Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone…….

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What did Jesus mean when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me”?

Following Jesus is easy when life runs smoothly; our true commitment to Him is revealed during trials. Jesus assured us that trials will come to His followers (John 16:33). Discipleship demands sacrifice, and Jesus never hid that cost.

When Jesus carried His cross up Golgotha to be crucified, no one was thinking of the cross as symbolic of a burden to carry. To a person in the first-century, the cross meant one thing and one thing only: death by the most painful and humiliating means human beings could develop.

Two thousand years later, Christians view the cross as a cherished symbol of atonement, forgiveness, grace, and love. But in Jesus’ day, the cross represented nothing but torturous death. Because the Romans forced convicted criminals to carry their own crosses to the place of crucifixion, bearing a cross meant carrying their own execution device while facing ridicule along the way to death.

Therefore, “Take up your cross and follow Me” means being willing to die in order to follow Jesus. This is called “dying to self.” It’s a call to absolute surrender. After each time Jesus commanded cross bearing, He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:24-25). Although the call is tough, the reward is matchless.

Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free? There is a cross for everyone and there’s a cross for me…….The Cross

~ Min.SJRobbins, “For God so l💘ved the world”…..

Follow me as I follow Christ……

*Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV

*And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1 NLT

Now there can be no following without a previous forsaking. To follow Christ is to renounce all lesser loyalties. First, there must be a renunciation of sin. This, in a word, is repentance. It is the first part of Christian conversion. It can in no circumstances be bypassed. Repentance and faith belong together. We cannot follow Christ without forsaking sin. The old man must die and then be ressurected to NEW LIFE in Christ!
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John 3:16: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (NLT)

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