Sunday 27th June
Christ and Christians can't dodge the cross
Mark 8:31-37 (CEV)
31 Jesus began telling his disciples what would happen to him. He said, “The nation’s leaders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law of Moses will make the Son of Man suffer terribly. He will be rejected and killed, but three days later he will rise to life.” 32 Then Jesus explained clearly what he meant.
Peter took Jesus aside and told him to stop talking like that. 33 But when Jesus turned and saw the disciples, he corrected Peter. He said to him, “Satan, get away from me! You are thinking like everyone else and not like God.”
34 Jesus then told the crowd and the disciples to come closer, and he said:
If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross and follow me. 35 If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me and for the good news, you will save it. 36 What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? 37 What could you give to get back your soul?
This was a shock for the disciples: Jesus was saying he would be killed and that was part of the plan.
Why did Jesus chose to die on a cross? Why did he have to do that to save us?
That was the only way to pay for our sin so we could be forgiven.
How does that make you feel?
It makes me feel sorry for my sin and so thankful for my Saviour, Jesus.