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Bearing the Cross of Christ

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Bearing the Cross of Christ

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Jesus' statement isn't a casual invitation, but a demanding expectation that requires surrendering every fiber of one's being. Bearing a cross wasn't lost on the audience of that day. Many had seen condemned individuals carry the beam on which they would die to the spot of their execution. Such a vivid description surely grabbed their attention! Christ's invitation to “come after Me” remains for all to ponder throughout the ages. Before going any further, notice what Jesus specifically states regarding His expectations. Those who accept His invitation, He said, would have to bear their own cross—not to be confused with the redemptive sacrifice borne by Christ alone. Thus, we don't “piggy back” on His cross, but learn from Him how to bear our personal challenges as we follow in His steps.