August 15, 2017

Luke 9:21-25

Following Christ is a decision a believer must make everyday. Except for Easter and some Lord Supper services, we seldom truly ruminate on what it actually means to “take up our cross.”

Many relegate the cross to a trinket worn around the neck or dangling from our ears to signify our belief in Jesus. However, to truly grasp what Jesus is talking about, we must be reminded that the cross was an object of great horror, and the act of a Roman crucifixion is to this day considered the most agonizing way to put anyone to death.

In 2004, Mel Gibson directed The Passion of the Christ which very graphically portrays Jesus’ crucifixion, so much so that it was given an R rating. To view an edited (for time) version of the death sequence, type in or click on the following link:

After watching this clip, read today’s passage again. Notice Jesus is not telling us to think about his death on the cross everyday; he is commanding us to take up our cross every day and follow him. The only way we can do this is to connect with him on a daily basis and disconnect from what chains us to the world. Be warned, based on his words, choosing to truly follow Jesus will cost you everything you have.