Bear the Cross
Updated: Jan 11
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
The song says: Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all this world go free? No, there’s a cross for everyone and there’s a cross for me. Thomas Shepherd (1665-1739).
The word of the cross is Jesus dying for our sins. With the death of Jesus, we were delivered from our sins. Those who do not believe in Christ view His death as foolishness. As believers in Christ, we know His death was all powerful!
The cross Christ bore, carried the sins of the world. One can only imagine the weight felt on His body as He endured the taunting and beatings carrying that heavy cross to His death. And lest we forget, Christ was sinless!
Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:24: If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
What does it mean to take up our cross? We have our own cross to bear. We carry our sins. And the cross we carry must lead us to death. The death of our former selves. We must let go of our life in order to follow Christ. Following Christ is a true commitment. We will lose family and friends, be taunted and criticized. But the reward of following Christ is worth the pain of the cross.
We must bear our cross so that we may be free! Take up your cross and follow Christ. Let go of your old life.
Declaration: Declare today, I deny myself and take up my cross to follow Christ.
Action: Study God’s Word. Meditate on Matthew 16:24-28-Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus (ESV).
Prayer: Lord, thank You for carrying the cross and dying for my sins. Your death was all powerful in the name of God. I now take up my cross and follow You. I leave behind my former life and commit myself to Your ways. Strengthen me Lord to follow You and not this world. In Jesus Name. Amen