Saturday, April 11, 2020

Carry the Cross (HW10)

             'Holy Week'

John 19:16-17  Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,
    Our Lord Jesus willingly carried His cross in His walk to His death to relief us of men's painful burden through life.

Mat 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
   Men in this world are laden with lots of fear, worry and sorrows. When young they are fearful of failures in examinations, jobs, marriages, security and future. Majority are fearful of health, old age and death.
  Our Lord told us to carry His cross (yoke) which is light and easy, for He had already taken away the pains, worry and sorrows in life when He carried His cross to Calvary.
Mat 11:29-30  "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Luke 23:26  Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
    Our Lord required man to help Him carry His cross. He needs His disciples to bring the gospel of the message of the cross to reach every human on earth for their salvation.

Mat 10:38-39  "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it."
    Our cross will be based on that of our Lord's - the message of the cross. Just like Him, we must be prepared to lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel - to reach all men and to disciple all Christians to be His disciples.
Mat 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

Luke 23:27-28  And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
     Our Lord told us not to weep for Him. He took upon Himself all the sufferings meant for us. He enjoyed them because He knows that His children need not suffer.
    When we see our Lord suffering such great pains, we should be shedding tears of joy in appreciation of His great love for us.