March 15, 2012

Matthew 16:24-28

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “ All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. 26 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? 27 For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done. 28 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in his kingdom. ” (CEB)

Anyone that tells you being a Christian is easy, has never read this passage. Anyone who says discipleship doesn't require everything you are, has never understood this passage. Christ calls us to follow Him but it is not without cost. Saying 'no' to self, carrying one's cross, losing one's life..."because of me" says Jesus.

Carrying a cross is not a pleasant image. It would be great to hear what that means to you. What cross is Christ calling you to bear? Perhaps to help carry the cross of another?

What do you find meaningful, confusing, or challenging in this passage?