Matthew 16:24 -Taking Up Your Cross

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples
Knowing that they had all imbibed the same notion of a temporal kingdom, and were in expectation of worldly riches, honour, and pleasure; he took this opportunity of preaching the doctrine of the cross to them, and of letting them know, that they must prepare for persecutions, sufferings, and death; which they must expect to endure, as well as he, if they would be his disciples:

if any man will come after me:
that is, be a disciple and follower of him, it being usual for the master to go before, and the disciple to follow after him: now let it be who it will, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, young or old, male or female, that have any inclination and desire, or have took up a resolution in the strength of grace, to be a disciple of Christ,

let him deny himself:
let him deny sinful self, ungodliness, and worldly lusts; and part with them, and his former sinful companions, which were as a part of himself: let him deny righteous self, and renounce all his own works of righteousness, in the business of justification and salvation; let him deny himself the pleasures and profits of this world, when in competition with Christ; let him drop and banish all his notions and expectations of an earthly kingdom, and worldly grandeur, and think of nothing but reproach, persecution, and death, for the sake of his Lord and Master: and

take up his cross;
cheerfully receive, and patiently bear, every affliction and evil, however shameful and painful it may be, which is appointed for him, and he is called unto; which is his peculiar cross, as every Christian has his own; to which he should quietly submit, and carry, with an entire resignation to the will of God, in imitation of his Lord:

and follow me;
in the exercise of grace, as humility, zeal, patience, and self-denial; and in the discharge of every duty, moral, or evangelical; and through sufferings and death, to his kingdom and glory. The allusion is to Christ’s bearing his own cross, and Simeon’s carrying it after him, which afterwards came to pass.”

From: John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible
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20 comments on “Matthew 16:24 -Taking Up Your Cross

  1. Very good, Very good… Loved your post…also love the looks of your site… Many blessings.. Bro Pat.

  2. Thank you sooooo much, praising Him Paulette. This was just excellent! There was something special for me in “follow Me – in the exercise of grace . . .” You have given me something to think about, about exercising that grace He so abundantly gives! Not just accepting it and saying thank you and setting it on a shelf.
    God bless you, wonderful woman of His, as you worship and follow hard after Him today. love and prayers!

    • Hi Encouraging Debbie,

      Amen! I’m glad this piece spoke to you! God knows exactly what we need, and when we need it. He is Sovereign! God bless you and keep you, as you exercise the grace that has been so freely given!

  3. Thank you very much Minister Paulette, for sharing this thought provoking post. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24). I must empty myself of the baggage if I want to follow Christ. But that is such a struggle for many of us. We empty the baggage one and pick them back up the next.

    God bless you my dear sister.

    • Hi Noel,

      Amen! We have to die daily to the things of the flesh. It is a constant emptying of our baggage, the works of the flesh, and replacing that baggage with the fruit of the spirit. It’s an uphill journey, but we’ve got to keep climbing all the time. God bless you!

  4. Very good post my sister we are to carry our cross everyday. and thank you for listening to my show today on the radio, I appreciate it so much.

    • Must Jesus bear His cross alone, and all the world go free? No, there is a cross for everyone, and God will give us the strength we need to bear our crosses! Praise God!

      I love how you took a stand today on your show. So many are afraid to take a stand, and therefore fall for anything! God bless you!

    • Hi Francine,

      Thank you. Sometimes our crosses/burdens may be heavy, but God will always give us the strength to carry them! Hugs to you! πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you, Minister Paulette

    There’s no escaping it, is there? πŸ™‚ So thankful He doesn’t leave us on our lonesome, cross or no cross!


    • Good morning Ann,

      You’re so right! πŸ™‚ It reminds me of those mountains that are “strategically” placed in our lives. The Lord may not move those mountains, but He will give us the strength to climb them! Sometimes the stumbling block won’t be taken away either, but He will certainly lead you all around! God bless you!

  6. Hi Paulette.
    This is one of my love/hate verses.
    My old, sinful, self nature hates it because it means I must count myself as dead, but my new, spiritual nature rejoices because the new life He gives is abundant and superior.

    To those who heard Jesus speak these words, only one meaning could be applied. Those who ‘took up their cross’ were as good as dead. They were on their way to being crucified, with no hope of escape.

    We must “reckon ourselves to be dead indeed”. We are no longer our own, but we are ‘bought with a price’.

    While that sounds harsh, we are EXTREMELY thankful, because the new life He gives surpasses all else. He adopts us into His own family and makes us a child of the King. He supplies all our needs. He guides our way. He comforts and encourages us and He gently corrects us when necessary, bringing us back to Himself. He continues His work in us, ‘growing’ us into Christlikeness.

    What an amazing Father God!
    What an amazing Saviour!
    What an amazing Guide and Comforter!
    What an amazing new life!

    • Hi Angela,

      I enjoyed your comments! You imparted so much wisdom here! My spirit was stirred! I’m so glad you took the time, to share this message with us! Thank you! God bless you!

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