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What did Jesus mean when He said we have to carry a cross? I've heard people talk about a problem they have and say it's a cross they have to bear, but is this what Jesus meant?


No, this isn’t what He meant—although it’s not necessarily wrong to refer to some problem we are having as a “cross” we must bear. In Jesus’ day, a cross was a symbol of suffering, and we all have trials and afflictions that may be very hard for us to bear—even with God’s help.

But Jesus meant something far deeper than this when He told His disciples to carry their cross. He said to them, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death. What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day.

You see, Jesus doesn’t simply call us to believe that He existed, or even to believe that He can save us. He calls on us to commit our whole lives to Him—to trust Him alone for our salvation, and then to follow Him as His disciples. He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Is Christ the master of your life? Have you put to death your own plans and committed yourself to His will for your life? Don’t be satisfied with anything less, for there is no greater joy in life than following Christ every day.

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  1. steven poulter says:


  2. adeyemo says:

    This is a good insight to better understand taking up our cross daily.

  3. David wanyoike says:

    The how of denying self is now clearly explained thanks.

  4. Daniela Alvarado says:


  5. sarah Njeri Muna says:

    Thank you for the insight, I had not realized that the cross denotes death all that is self and let God take over in my life, it has come with a very deep meaning to me.

  6. Stephanie Jervey says:

    Thank you for the straight forward, easy to understand explanation of GODs Word.

  7. Elizabeth Monfreda says:

    Enjoyed this explanation…so easy to understand!

  8. Elijah Payne says:


  9. Joe d. Hall says:

    We are not only to take up our cross and bear it but are also to take up the cross for the whole world and lay them at the foot of the cross of Christ, we must remember our burdens were lifted at calvery and m\now we are to devote our lives to the lost of the world for Jesus Christ because he carried our cross to Calgotha down the via dela rosa shedding his blood all the way , should not we be willing to do the same.

  10. Brawton Edgy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I had no clue what it meant. Thank you