Follow Me: The Path of the Cross
Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and…be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. Mark 8:31 (NLT)
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. Mark 8:34-35 (NLT)
Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24 (NIV)
To carry our cross does not mean that we all have a burden in life to carry. It means that we believe in the promise of resurrection. It means believing that our lives are also a seed and that as we die to certain things, the miracle of resurrection life is possible in our own lives.
- Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do something that was difficult to do? Something that might be costly in some way? Has God ever asked you to give up something that was hard to give up? Are you wrestling with anything now?
- Pastor Jay said taking up our cross to follow Jesus does not mean that we all have a burden to bear in this life. It means that there are things in each one of us that need to die if we are going to experience the power of resurrection in our lives. Can you think of things that you have died to as you have followed Jesus over the years and how that led to a deeper, more meaningful life?
- Jesus used the example of a seed to explain the journey of death and resurrection. Every seed contains miraculous power, but it is only released when it is buried. Are there areas of your life that seem dry and lifeless, like an unplanted seed? What new life are you longing for? What can you give to God as a seed and trust that he will release resurrection power to transform it?