instruction for discipleship

MT 16:24-28
When Jesus gives his instruction for discipleship, I often try not to read it with the knowledge of 21-century Christianity but as one of those first century disciples standing with Jesus. His talk then of denial and picking up a cross can then be taken in light both of the moment, and with the experience of the passion. First it seems as if a battle cry, and then wisdom. At the beginning of that journey, those disciples had their expectations of a Christ and then had those expectations crushed. It was at the moment that they let go of what they expected, that those expectations could be exceeded. It tells of the difficulty of letting go of oneself and ones aspirations, or ideals, and leaving oneself open to salvation.

 Denying oneself and picking up ones cross is baptism in Christ, and confession in Christ.

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