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 – Matthew 16:24.
Jesus instructed His disciples in order to follow Him, they would have to deny themselves, they would have to crucify themselves by yielding to the lordship of Jesus over them. Following Jesus is true commitment, the risk of death and no turning back. The disciples were aware of what the cross meant, they knew crucifixion was a common Roman method of execution, and condemned criminals had to carry their crosses through the streets to the execution site. Jesus was treated as a criminal and He was innocent, He came to set the captive free. Read More