Take Up Your Cross


Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Jesus declared, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” A cross was a feared Roman instrument of execution. In the year 71 B.C. Roman Legions under Marcus Licinius Crassus put down a slave rebellion and crucified six thousand prisoners along a 125 mile stretch of the Apian Way. One thing you knew about a man carrying a cross out of the city. You knew he wasn’t coming back. And that was Jesus’ point. To be a disciple of the Kingdom means you and I must go “all in,” or go home. Are you “all in?” To help you answer that question, I’ve written a book entitled, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. Find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 7)
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