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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. Helen Segura says:

    Love Billy Graham Ministries. I grew up watching him & still watch his old sermons on TBN when I can catch them. Thank you for your obedience to GOD by giving what HE presented you with to your son, Franklin. May GOD continue to bless you all, in CHRIST. Amen

  2. Jane A PIERPONT says:

    amen Yes, Lord!

  3. Lois Hummer says:

    I ask my Bible study does every Christian have the same cross to bear? Everyone answered NO. I disagreed. I believe our cross to bear is to save the lost. You gave me the answer .thank you

  4. Mary rutledge says:

    Pray that God will give me His wisdom concerning every situation I face and every trial I go through

  5. Margarita Blankenship says:

    I’ve been struggling with judging myself about where I’m at with my relationship with The Lord. I don’t doubt HIM, it’s myself I doubt. I doubt my spiritual growth and development. I try my best very best to listen to His voice and to feel His presence when I’m spending time with Him. Sometmes I feel like I’m not feeling it. I begin to feel and think it’s me. I talk to The LORD and tell HIM I desire to be the Christian woman that I should be. I tell HIM I want to desire more of His will and His presence and ways in my life but I don’t sometimes do what I say I’m going to do. I’m not following thru but I want to. Could you pray for my sister in Snyder Tx? She has no emotional support for herself. She lives with my mom and stepdad.

  6. Glory says:

    Thanks for that insight . yes Christ is my master. Will you please talk more with me? thanks for sharing.