Bruce on Taking Up Your Cross

The following comes from Chapter 6 of F.F. Bruce’s Jesus: Lord & Savior:

 The context is Matthew 16:24 (ESV):  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

“To take up one’s cross was not in those days a figure of speech for inconvenience or harassment; JLSthe picture which the words conjured up was too horribly familiar.  A man who took up his cross did so in order to carry it to the place of execution and be fastened to it there.  But if that was the kind of experience which Jesus envisages for himself, those who followed him could reasonably expect to share it.  To turn back now would be to save their lives in the short term, but it would mean the losing of their lives in the light of the final assessment, which would lie with the Son of Man himself.” (p57)

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~ by toddbumgarner on March 6, 2008 6:14 am.

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