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Counting the Cost - in verses 25 - 33 Jesus gives His audience some hard words. In verse 27 He tells the "And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple." In that day they all knew what it meant to carry their cross. The cross was the symbol of a painful death at the hand of the Romans. A criminal was forced to carry his cross to the place where he would die. Jesus is asking us to carry our crosses to the place where we die to our old self, our old habits, our old sins. Having just finished Easter I have a vivid picture of Jesus being beaten and forced to carry His cross. Yet he could not and Simon of Cyrene carried it for Him. He died that day on the cross and He rose again three days later.
In thinking about this I thought of a YouTube video I saw a few years ago, thanks to my friend Nona I found it. Enjoy who our Jesus is!