Summary: What does Jesus mean when Jesus says Carry our Cross
Luke 9:23-25New Living Translation (NLT)
23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?
1. We got to stop trying to do this life our way.
Have you ever tried to show someone the way to do something and they want to do it their way?
Illustration: Mallory and the dished
Jesus is telling us the way to follow him, the only way that works as the path to see His kingdom, to see his Glory is to Take up your cross and follow me.
a. Not your cause
b. Not your Knowledge
c. Not your belief system
d. Not in our way of doing things
2. Taking up the Cross is not easy,
We all have our cross' to bear?
a. Taking up the cross and following Jesus is making the same sacrifice as Jesus made
b. Taking up the cross, is not always pleasurable but we have one who walked the path before us. We can take him the pain, because He understands, Hebrews 4:15 -16
A. I am hurting, Jesus says I know and while I cant take every pain away I am here with you
B. I am alone, no daughter I promised I would never leave you or forsake you
C. I am vulnerable, Jesus says but you I am your covering
3. Taking up the cross is difficult it’s the only way to see Him and be with Him in his Glory
Verse 28- 29 seeing the kingdom come, seeing Jesus in His glory. It’s a revelation moment. Jesus reveals the Kingdom. Luke 10:27
a. Following Jesus is not easy, but it’s the greatest adventure you will ever have
b. Maybe you are Hurting, and you just need to know the Lord is with you.
c. Maybe today you need a glimpse of the Glory