By Tony K April 2017
Matthew 10:38-39 (KJV) 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:24 (KJV) 24 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.
In the gospels Jesus urged his followers to take up their crosses and follow him. It is interesting to note that Jesus spoke the words in Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 16:24 and also Luke 9:23, Luke 14:27 and Luke 14:33 before his death. This signifies that he knew exactly by what death he himself would die. Jesus death on the cross and subsequent resurrection are the keystones of our Christian faith. Without this the Christian faith would have no meaning. He shows us that we must die to ourselves by placing our trust in the cross.