Summary: If I don’t take up my Cross and follow him according to Mathew 10:38 I not worthy of Jesus. We need to get back to the basics of our faith and that is the cross of Christ. Father, mother, kids, grandkids, friends and relatives can not be placed before Je
The Way Of The Cross
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
I am entitling this today: the way of the cross part-2.
Pr 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
We live in a world where there seems to be a right way and there seems to be a wrong way, but if Jesus is not the one leading then they both will take us to the same place. (Hell)
We as a church need to walk in unity and have our minds on what Christ done at the Cross and what was done for us.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
This means that they were otherwise minded, but through the words of Paul the Holy Spirit was going to show them the right way, which was to pull them back to the Cross.
Paul was showing them how to press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
They were making progress as they stay focused on the same thing.
Church let us walk the same path, that of the Cross.
17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Paul and others were being an example of how to walk this walk of faith.
We need those who know how to really believe to pick up their crosses and follow hard after Jesus this morning.
Can I ask you a question this morning what way are you going this morning?
There are a lot of people that claim a lot of things, but according to our opening text it is all about serving Jesus.
Father, mother, kids, grandkids, friends and relatives can not be placed before Jesus this morning.
Mt 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
We need total faith in the cross to the exclusion of everything else.
We can only follow Jesus by the way of the Cross.
If you are a believer this morning, you have a Cross pick it up and follow hard after Jesus this morning.
If I don’t take up my Cross and follow him according to Mathew 10:38 is not worthy of Jesus.
We need to get back to the basics of our faith and that is the cross of Christ.
1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
How many this morning is saved?
Then there needs to be a Preaching of the cross because it is the power of God.
The world will never understand the cross and what it represents without us talking about the power that we have received because of Christ and how He died on the Cross but rose again and overcame death, hell and the grave.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
This speaks of those who are wise in their own eyes, but in effect have forsaken the ways of the Lord.
Mt 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
If we refuse the Cross of Christ we will lose our lives, but if I place my faith in what He accomplished upon that Cross I will gain life.
1: Corinthians 1:28
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
It is God working in the base things and the despised things which brings about miraculous things.
God can use that is nothing within itself, but with Him all things become possible.
The way of the cross
Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;