“Take Up Your Cross”

Last week I preached on Jesus’ famous interaction with Peter and disciples concerning the necessity of the cross.  Here’s the text:

Matthew 16:21-26   “21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.  22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”  23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”  24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?”

Anywho, in my research for the sermon I came across this doozy of a pic and thought I’d share it with you.

cross.obedience

Upon seeing this pic I couldn’t help but think of Richard Rohr’s words in “Everything Belongs”:

“How do you make attractive that which is not?  How do you sell nonsuccess?  How do you talk descent when everything is about ascent?  How do you talk about dying to a church trying to appear perfect?”

The simple answer is you don’t.  But how that works out in everyday church life when lights need to stay on and ministry needs to be done…  well…  I have no idea…

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