by Roby Ellis SPANISH/ESPAÑOL
[Scripture Reading: John 19:16-19]
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).
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).