Last week, we heard that Jesus asked the question ‘who am I?’
Peter reply was ‘You are the christ’ – but he didn’t really understand what he was saying!
The truth is the road to the cross was the hard path that the Lord Jesus would walk from this point through to the bitter, triumphant end.
The rest of the gospel of Mark will lead us there, and we will glimpse time and again the determined will of the Lord Jesus to do His Father’s will and walk the road to suffering and death. Nothing will distract Him from it! Jesus knows that this is the only way to bring rescue, life and wholeness to the lost mankind that He loves so much.
Jesus calls us to follow Him!
He demands everything – Our whole life given over to Jesus., holding nothing back,
Warren W. Wiersbe in ‘A Time To Be Renewed’ explains it so well: “To deny self does not mean to deny things. It means to give yourself wholly to Christ and share in His shame and death. To take up a cross does not mean to carry burdens or have problems. I once met a lady who told me her asthma was the cross she had to bear! What rubbish. To take up the cross means to identify with Christ in His rejection, shame, suffering, and death”