Summary: The sermon is based on the idea of dying by denying self and considering the needs of others in order to be a true disciple of Jesus.
“Bear the Cross by Self Denial” Matthew 16:21-28
• It was bad enough for the disciples to hear that Jesus would suffer, be rejected, and die on a cross. Now Jesus told them that they must do the same thing. The cross was an instrument of death it had no other purpose
• “Cross bearing does not refer to some irritation in life. Rather, it involves death.
• Luther said, “Every Christian must be a Crucian (Cross Bearer) and do somewhat more than those monks that made themselves wooden crosses, and carried them on their back continually, making all the world laugh at them.” (Trapp, commentary on Mark)
1. One way of bearing the cross is by denying self "Then Jesus told his disciples, 'If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves ...'" (v. 24.)
• Is it possible that this one thing, is what causes disagreements, hurt feelings, and broken relationships,
• If we could deny ourselves we probably wouldn't get mad at someone at our jobs,
• If we could deny ourselves we would not get upset when someone pulls into the parking space we were trying to get
• If we could deny ourselves probably would not have road rage instances of road rage
2. Bearing the Cross you learn quickly “it is not about me”.
• We have Me rules, Me goals, Me dreams, Me plans, Me money, Me toys and Me gadgets. When people -- and the behavior of people -- disrupt life in "Me," "me" gets very upset.
• Because it is all about "me." It is not about you. It is not about your needs, your feelings, your dreams and goals.
3. Bearing The Cross means It is not about me but it’s all about the other.
• Others come first. The other needs are paramount.
• Me no longer is the center but others are the center this is the Jesus way , " not my will but thine be done" Philippians 2:1-5 3 consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5Jesuss attitude Jesus made himself nothing, and became obedient to death.
4. Bearing The Cross is to die
• The apostle Paul acknowledged this necessity: "I die every day," Every day. A death. A denial.
• German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his classic The Cost of Discipleship wrote, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die,"
5. Bearing The Cross is denying, it’s a journey to death, it’s a journey to lose to gain, Come and Die.
• Bearing a cross is denying self and considering the needs of others like JJ Watt challenged other NFL players to donate 100,000 others have stepped up and have given over 10 million to the efforts of Hurricane Harvey . He said, “it’s not the big givers that are helping the most but it’s the $10 and $20 givers.
• Bearing a cross is a journey to death of self. Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
• And all the world go free? No, there’s a cross for everyone, And there’s a cross for me.
• Denying is to lose stuff, lose life to find it “You will never live until you first walk to your death with Jesus. You can’t gain resurrection life without dying first
• You don’t lose a seed when you plant it, though it seems dead and buried. Instead, you set the seed free to be what it was always intended to be.