The WAY of the CROSS

Posted: October 17, 2015 in The WAY of the CROSS

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Mark 8: 34-38

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

What attitude you take to Jesus is of vital importance. There is no one else like him. He is unique. He is the eternal God. He has the keys to death and hell.

He paid the price for sinful people to be redeemed, to buy their souls from the forfeit. Those who trust in him are certainly saved, and eternity is theirs.

But the text remains.

Jesus says. “if you want to be my disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me…”

What will you put in the place of Jesus in your life?

What thing or person is equal to him?

What is worth the forfeit of your soul?

That’s why God says, people who turn from his offer of mercy are foolish…. Its madness and a blindness and a self-hatred thing.

Trust Jesus. You will not be sorry.

Whatever cross he requires of you, he will make it possible to bear, and with ultimate joy. Imagine the joy of being an overcomer…!

And best of all, he himself will draw near to you… I cannot tell you what that is like… You have to come yourself for that…

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