And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be my disciple.
Although songs have been sung and books have been written about those three words I think many of them miss the true meaning.
Yes, the “bear his cross” saying has been used as a directional verse for Christians who are either heading into or are in a difficult time. But . . . we have missed the shocking revelation of this verse!
Jesus was talking to His disciples and a great multitude (Luke 14:25) of people when He said those three words, “bear his cross”. The difficulty with this verse is because we know what happens next in the story. We know Jesus dies on the cross then is raised from the dead three days later, defeating death. So, what are we missing?
A fresh perspective!
We look at this verse as it is for us but we should also look at it the way the disciples and the multitude would’ve heard of it. They knew all about the cross and the crucifixions that occurred there so often. They knew about the 800 Pharisee leaders that had been crucified little over 100 years prior. So, when Jesus said “and whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be my disciple.” it would’ve come as quite a shock to the listeners!
So, in a sense, not only was Jesus calling all His followers to be ready for persecution (that is why we need to preach a full gospel and not the sweet/modern version) He was also making a prophetic statement; He was going to be crucified! Oh, the pain the disciples must have felt!