Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?

by Roby Ellis          SPANISH/ESPAÑOL

[Scripture Reading: John 19:16-19]

Introduction

A. Because Jesus was unable to carry His cross the entire way to Golgotha (cf. Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26), a man named Simon was compelled to bear it behind Him (John 19:17).

B. Jesus said that all who wish to come after Him must take up their crosses and follow Him (Luke 9:23).

I. Jesus has asked us to deny ourselves.

A. Jesus had to deny Himself in order to confess Himself (1 Timothy 6:13; Mark 14:61-62).

B. We must deny the flesh and worldly lust (Romans 13:14; Matthew 5:29; Titus 2:11-12).

C. We need to esteem others more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-8).

II. Jesus has asked us to take up our crosses.

A. Taking up my cross means sharing the reproach of Jesus (John 15:18-21; Psalm 69:9-12; Hebrews 10:33).

B. We must do this on a daily basis (1 Corinthians 15:30-31).

III. Jesus has asked us to follow Him.

A. If we are not going the right way (Matt. 7:13-14), it is possible to suffer and work in vain (Matthew 7:21-23; Galatians 3:4).

B. We can only know which direction to take by following the One Whose blood marks the way (John 10:27-28; 14:6).

Conclusion

A. This is not a pleasure trip, but it is certainly worth making.

B. If you choose to follow in the steps of Jesus, it is certain to involve suffering (1 Peter 2:19-25).

C. Will you suffer with Him (1 Peter 4:13), die with Him (Galatians 2:20), and walk with Him (Romans 6:4)? If so, your cross is ready!

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