My friend Steve Kammer posted a great comment on my last blog post. In reference to Luke 9:23, “take up your cross and follow me,” I mentioned that taking up our cross was representative of being on a one way journey. Steve wrote this comment, “Death would have been a more weighty note to the people watching the event than just the fact that the journey was one way.” I am confident that this was part of the crowds thinking. When they saw a criminal carrying a cross, they knew it was a one-way journey to death. It had never ended any other way.
For us as believers it is still a one-way journey, but the outcome is radically different…it ends in a totally different way. For us it is a one-way journey to life! “I have come that you may have life…” “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” “He who has the son has life.”
When Jesus asks us to follow him, it is an invitation to life. This is what makes Luke 9:23 not just a fantastic verse, but an invitation into a fantastic experience.
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