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Taking Up Your Cross

A disciple of Jesus will submit every aspect of his life, his desires, his dreams, his aspirations, his very self, to the authority of Jesus.

Luke 14:27

27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 16:21-27

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! [1] This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance [2] to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life [3] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 16:22 Or “[May God be] merciful to you, Lord!”
[2] 16:23 Greek stumbling block
[3] 16:25 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and twice in verse 26

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