Will We Go With Him To The Cross?

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, November 11, 2009

 Will We Go With Him To The Cross?

 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. – Luke 9:51

 From the beginning of his life Jesus was pointed toward Jerusalem and the cross. Those who followed him did not understand what he was trying to teach them relative to his destiny, but he resolutely pressed toward the time and the place where he would become the final answer to man’s sin-dilemma.

Just a few verses after this Luke records that Jesus and some of his disciples were walking along the road and a man approached them saying, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” We have no record of this man following Jesus, but Jesus walked resolutely toward his destiny.

Jesus called to another man, “Follow me.” He was actually chosen of the master to be a disciple, but he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” This man was not committed to endure, but Jesus continued on his way to the cross.

Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Many wanted to be casual followers, but they didn’t want to go where Jesus was going – and Jesus set his mind to continue on to Jerusalem and then to Calvary.

Jesus stands before the cross and calls to those passing by, “Will you come with me? Will you drink the cup I am drinking?” We may not be nailed to a cross as Christ was, but he is asking us to take up our own cross and follow him. All those who have chosen to give their life to him are being challenged to law their life on the line.

Jesus made the challenge clear in Luke 14:26, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” There it is in plain language; to be his disciple you must bear the cross – are you his disciple?

 Principle: To be his disciple you must bear the cross.

 Affirmation: I am committed to going where he goes, bearing my cross.

 Prayer: Lord, when I think of sacrifice and bearing the cross I am uncomfortable. Grant me grace to persevere. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 84 – Nehemiah 7-8 – 1 John 3 – Proverbs 11

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