“And He said to them all, if any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” -Luke 9:23
If I was to ask a majority of Christians today, “what does the Cross mean?” Each would probably speak of how Jesus died on the Cross to save them from their sins, and some may even sound real “Churchy” and say by His wounds I am healed. Yet if we pay attention to the above passage of scripture Jesus tells us exactly what it means. For the true Born Again believer, it’s the One Thing that allows us to follow Him. Yes, it’s true, Jesus did die on a Cross for our sins, and to redeem the world from sin. The Cross is much more personal than Jesus dying on it, Hallelujah! that He did. Jesus dying on a Cross was Him dying for you, but when Jesus tells you to take up your Cross, it’s you dying to you. Just like there was no other way for us to be reconciled to God but by Jesus’ voluntary death, there is no other way for us as well : Luke 9:23 …if any man (choice) let him deny himself (die to self). Each believer has to enter in by way of his own Cross..there is no other Way……THE CROSS IS PERSONAL! No self glory in this walk, our life is to be hid in Him. His Way becomes our way, His life becomes our life. No more me and my selfish desires, only what we do for Christ will last. When you said yes to Christ, did you take up your Cross?
Apostle Earnest Jordan