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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
(Part 164)

THE WAY OF THE CROSS


February 15, 2018
Today’s gospel: Luke 9:22-25


We are followers of Christ. We are to follow where he goes and to do what he tells us to do. Where did Jesus go? He went to the cross. “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” (v.22). Now if we wish to be his follower and disciple, we must do likewise. “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (v.23).

In following Jesus, we are called to do three things.

First, we deny ourselves. Jesus lived only for others. He went hungry and without rest to minister to the needs of others. Even though innocent, he suffered the condemnation that others rightly deserved. He gave his life so that others might live. As followers of Christ, we give our all to Jesus and to his work. He and the mission he gives us are our number one priority. We let go of our own preferences, priorities and agenda. We are willing to suffer inconvenience, hardship and suffering for his sake, and we do so with great joy.

Second, we take up our cross daily. Jesus carried the cross to Calvary and was nailed to it. Not just his body but his dignity was assailed as he hung on the cross naked, reviled by people all around. As followers of Christ, we must be willing to suffer rejection, betrayal, indignity, abuse, pain, oppression, persecution, abandonment.

Third, we follow Jesus. Where he goes, we go. What he tells us to do, we do. Just as he was obedient to the Father, we are obedient to him. Just as his priority was to do the Father’s will, our priority is his mission, as we continue with his work of bringing salvation and freedom to others. We do not question him but rather trust in him. We are confident that he leads us, yes to the cross, but beyond the cross to eternal life.

Indeed, many Christians today are focused on the opposites. They live and work to satisfy themselves, avoid hardships in life, follow their own desires and goals. That is the way not to life but to death. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (v.24).

Further, many Christians are engrossed in their own pursuits. These might be money and power. Or it might be the good things of family and livelihood. All these are part of life and are good, but only if pursued not apart from God. People work on their careers all their life, thinking of achievement and success according to the world’s definition. Along the way, they lose their way. “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?” (v.25).

Jesus has already shown us the way. He went ahead of us, and endured what we might have to endure as we follow him. He lost everything, his very life, but he gained everything, as on the third day he was raised. To follow Jesus, all the way to the cross and beyond, is certainly the only way to life.

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