March 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Whose Cross are you Carrying?


We become children of God by trusting Christ and confessing Him to be the Son of God.

(1 John 4:1-3) “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (NKJV)

Jesus died for us on the cross and rose again (Rom. 10:9–10).

“9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (NKJV)

We become disciples of Jesus Christ by surrendering our all to Him, taking up our cross, and following Him. If we live for ourselves, we lose our lives and He is ashamed of us; but if we live for Christ, we save our lives and glorify Him (John 12:23–28).

The question that I’ll explore in this coming week’s sermon is what cross you are carrying, a cross of your own design or the one that Christ carried.

  1. The cross is a place of surrender, Jesus Christ willingly surrendered His will in order to fulfill the will of the Father.
  2. The cross was a place of death, the place where Jesus Christ died carrying my sin and yours.

Mark 8:34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (NKJV)

The phrase “deny himself” indicates that, like Jesus, we must seek God’s will and submit our will to his. By denying oneself, taking up our cross and following Jesus, we acknowledge that we are submitting to Jesus’ authority.

Reflect on this: Is the cross that you are carrying a cross that required you to die to self and the life you live now is in Christ, or is it a cross of your own fashioning that may me uncomfortable but never required you to die to self and sin?

Discipleship saves us from the tragedy of a wasted life. Yes, there is suffering in taking up a cross to follow Jesus; but that suffering always leads to glory.