"Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
I'm sure, every Christian blogger as blogged about this verse. I'm sure every Christian blog as their version/meaning of this one verse. It's so unique, and Jesus is telling us what we must do to follow him. At first, we 'think' this is such an easy passage to understand, but if you really look at it, it can be really hard.
So, lets check out every aspect of this passage; from the times of Jesus; to the simplicity of the words he speaks.
Back in the time of Jesus as we ALL know, that Crucifixion was the common way of death, if people went against the law or did something bad that causes or caused harm to the people. And i'm pretty sure we all know how Jesus died. But an important part of his death, is when he had to carry his cross. He had to carry it from the Holy City to, 'The Place Of The Skull' Back then it was Humiliating to carry your source of death. And Jesus was forced to, throughout the whole city. The Humiliation, of having to carry your own weapon of death.
On the way to 'The Place of The Skull' Jesus needed help. And help was given. The SON OF GOD NEEDED HELP CARRYING IS OWN CROSS. Christ can do anything. But he needed help, he needed help to carry his cross, to make it to the place.
Now, in this passage Jesus is telling us to deny ourselves. What does that mean??? It means that we must give up what we want to do. We must stop our fight, to be in control, to have everything, and to follow Jesus. Just like when Jesus called his disciples he told them not to bring a single thing. He wanted them to give up everything they had. And so they did. We see in this passage that, that is what Jesus wants.He want us to give up everything we have, all earthly needs, and wants, and follow him.
Then we come to the point of carrying our own cross. Our own cross of; Sin, Embarrassment, lies, Agony, rudeness, hopelessness, disobedience, selfishness, envy, jealousy, ignorance, and many more. We must pick up our painful cross, and follow Jesus. We must be able to do what Jesus did. We must carry everything Humiliating about our lives, and show everyone our failures. We also need help, just like Jesus! We need Jesus help to get through this all, we need him to help us pick up our cross, when it becomes to much weight for us. WE NEED JESUS CHRIST TO HELP! We can't do it alone, we need God.
24 "Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires"