Summary: Are We Bearing the Cross Or Is Christ Alone?
Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?
Robert A. Glass
Must Jesus bear the alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for everyone
And there’s a cross for me.
(Matt 16:24) “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
1. Will come after Me...
2. Deny himself
3. Take up his cross
4. Follow me
A. Jesus said “Come after me” (John 14:6) “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” This is a conscious decision to turn the leadership of our lives over to God. (Jeremiah 10:23) “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
B. “Deny himself” (Matt 6:33) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Heb 12:1) “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Paul writes in (Philippians 3:7-8) “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but loss, that I may win Christ. Deny self, lay aside EVERY WEIGHT, count all for loss and seek God FIRST!
C. “Take up his cross” - (Galatians 2:20) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Of ALL the forms of execution devised by man, NONE were as extreme as crucifixion. A man was stripped, shamelessly flogged and beaten, many men died in scourging, never living to the extreme horrors of crucifixion. Nailed naked, by railroad spikes to a 6” x 6” x 6’ long BEAM! One Nail for each arm and a LONGER, LARGER nail for the feet. Would we be willing to endure that, today. We carry our cross when we let our LIGHT SHINE for CHRIST. (Matt 5:16) Crucifixion was a cruel, shameful and Painful way to die. “To breathe in, you push down on the nail in your feet, to breathe out, you hang on the nails in your hands. Over and over this up/down cycle continued, until our crucified Lord was too weakened from pain, systemic shock, and loss of blood, and He cried out “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30) and died.
D. “Follow Me”. There are 18 Passages in the NT where “follow Me” is found. If Jesus asked His disciples and Apostles to follow Him, Should we expect any less? Paul clarified the “follow me” in, (1 Corinthians 14:1) “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts.” (2 Timothy 2:22) “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (1 Peter 1:22) “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” (1 Timothy 1:5) Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: