Take up your cross - Jesus said (Luke 9:23)

"And he said to all, 'If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'" - Luke 9:23

I'm staying with a group of guys while I'm down here in Orlando and yesterday I noticed pasted on one of their doors what looks like a little kid's Sunday School project. It's a man with a cross pasted on his arms with Luke 9:23 written on it.

I don't know why it has never occurred to me before, but every time I've ever read this passage it seems so obvious to me what it means... because I know Jesus died on a cross. I know he took up a physical cross and carried it to Calvary.

But today it occurred to me, that Jesus is the one who said this - and before he died to boot. Has this been obvious to all of you? Am I alone in being clueless to this?

Imagine Jesus telling you to take up your cross and not knowing about what was coming and then trying to understand this... How would you understand it?

It seems so much more obvious to me that we must take up our cross because I know Jesus did it. He knows what its like because he took up a physical cross and a MUCH bigger spiritual cross than I will ever carry.

Thank God he took up a real cross. Now I just have to figure out what it looks like for me to live this verse and then we'll be good.