In Matthew 20:17-19 Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem and on the way, He took the twelve aside by themselves….
Here Jesus began to share with them the message of the Cross clearly.
Yet, Luke 18:31-34 tells us they understood none of these things, and this saying was hidden from them.
This is still how the Cross of Jesus affect the flesh. The message seems foolish and the carnal mind cannot understand it’s full meaning upon our life. 1 Cor. 1:18-31
This journey to the Cross can seem lonely. At first glance it seems like we will be left to die alone, exactly the opposite of Jesus promise in John 12:24-25
The broad way is full of folks avoiding the way of the cross, and the way of the cross seems like a small exit that is much less traveled. Indeed, Jesus said “few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:13
This can strike fear and amazement into the most confident heart. Even as it did to Peter’s confident heartfelt confession, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away”. Matthew 26:33
The destination of this way is clearly proclaimed to us in Galatians 2:20
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who lobes me, and delivered Himself up for me.
The second part of the cross is experienced in Galatians 6:14
“But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.”
It may be quite easy for many Christians to seemingly identify the world. Perhaps it’s the drunk on the street corner, or the addict, or the prostitute.
But the Holy Spirit had identified the world to us in 1John 2:15-17
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
This is the world that needs to be crucified daily in us.
In John 12:42-50 it tells us many of the rulers believed in Jesus. But because they feared the Pharisees they would not confess their faith in Him.
(43) “for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”
This is one of the first fears the cross of Jesus deals with in our life.
We must allow the cross of Jesus to crucify this “love of the world” in our hearts, if we will be His disciples.