TEXT: Mark 8:34, 1Corinthians 1: 22-24
OUTLINE: God’s wisdom and power versus man’s weakness.
CONTENT: Jesus informed his disciples and others that whosoever will come after Him, must deny themselves, take up the cross and follow Him. What does it mean to take up the cross? First, we must know Jesus and His expectations of us. (a) Jesus the Son of God is honest, He lets us know that Christianity is not easy; (b) He never calls us to do anything He will not do Himself, unlike some leaders who think leadership is just delegating; (c)Taking up the cross is voluntary, but there is a difference between a cross and a burden.
(1) Taking up the cross is voluntary, it means accountability, and following Jesus
humbly on the road of Humility. It is not about self but of God who is in control. We need to pray to him and trust him. The world has turned away from God.
(2) Taking up the cross is an act of Love that we choose to do. Jesus instructed, “if anyone would follow me…., or “if” my people who are called by my name…, all conditional statements, comes with a reward. 1Corinthians 13 defines love; it is patient, kind, not rude or arrogant, does not delight in evil.
(3) Cross bearing is difficult. Jesus knew that, he said about the cross, not his will but God’s will be done. God brought redemption by allowing His only son to die on a cross of shame for our sins. The doubt in the minds of the Jews and Greeks as to what was important, was difficult to process, 1 Corinthians 22-24.
–Rev. Edward L. Jenkins Sr.–