So much to be learned at the foot of the cross.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Matthew 16:24 NASB
Is Christ asking anything from us that He did not already do?
1. Deny self.
– Jesus gave up His throne for a time:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 NASB
– Jesus surrendered His will.
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Matthew 26:39 NASB
2. Take up your cross
– Jesus took the cross for you and me. Should we not take the cross for the sake of the Gospel to the world?
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Matthew 10:38 NASB
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:27 NASB
– Should we not be ready to die for the gospel just as Jesus did? Jesus is the gospel.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16:25 NASB
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Mark 8:34-35 NASB
3. Follow Jesus.
– Following Jesus takes sacrifice just as He sacrificed His life for us, we are to sacrifice our lives for the spread of the gospel.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Matthew 10:37 NASB
“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate (by comparison of his love for Me) his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:26 NASB
So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
Luke 14:33 NASB
🌹Lord Jesus, thank You for the cross. The sacrificial denying of self for my sake, taking the cross to Your death, and showing me what it means to follow You.
God, I do not want to gain anything from this world and forfeit my soul. In this adulterous and sinful world I will stand for You without shame and proclaim Your word, the gospel. I want to stand unashamed when You come Lord Jesus in the glory of the Father with the holy angels. May I be faithful standing on the solid Rock to the very end. In Jesus name, amen.
(Mark 8:36-38 NASB)
Continually Seeking Him,