Life’s Unavoidable Cross (Crosses)
Matthew 16:21, 24; 27:32 (26:39, 42)
Matthew 16:21, 24
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ’’Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.
Matthew 26:39, 42
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed,’’ My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’’
42 He went away a second time and prayed, ’’My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.’’
Sometimes it seems and feels that we have a cross or crosses to bare that are just unavoidable. It feels and seems sometimes that regardless of what path you take, regardless of what decision you make, regardless of what you humanly try to do, there just seems to be a cross (or crosses) that are unavoidable.
You can pray about that cross that you perhaps see in the distance, you can even try to take another avenue to avoid that cross, but somehow, it seems that life and the destiny of cross bearing presents to all of us our personal cross that is unavoidable.
It’s a hill that you can not go around, you must climb that hill.
It’s a valley that you just have to go through; there is no other path that leads to your destination. It’s a midnight that you have experience, it’s a burden that you have to carry.
It’s a challenge that you have to face, it’s not easy, and it’s not comfortable. It’s a cross! Crosses are not comfortable, they were not design to be, and they are not made to be painless. Life cros ...
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