Taking Up Our Cross

Jesus Cross Faith Crucifixion  - geralt / Pixabay
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In Roman occupied Jerusalem, the cross as an instrument of death would have been a common, but fearful sight. What an image for Jesus to use as he talked to his disciples about the death to self that followers of Jesus must be willing to seek! “Take up your cross and follow me.”

The apostle Paul realised that to have faith in Jesus was to identify with him in his death; so he could say, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
This is the new life that Jesus promised his first followers.

And it’s his promise to us as we are called to live in ways that bring honour to him and blessing to those around us. We know that we don’t do that very well in our own strength, but we can remind ourselves of his Spirit’s presence with us and pay attention to his leading, prompting, guiding, remembering that the symbol of the cross is “I” crossed out.


God our keeper and companion,
It is our prayer that whatever joys or sorrows
the future may hold,
you will be the dawn for which we wait and look,
the hope by which we live,
the joy for which we long.
And that You will be our freedom, now and forever.