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Feb 13, 2022

Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross

Passage: Matthew 16:21-28

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

Following Peter’s bold confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Our Lord takes this opportunity to prepare the disciples for his coming death that will take place in Jerusalem, where he will suffer greatly at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders, who have sought to destroy him all along. But the victory belongs to the King because he will be raised on the third day, defeating death and securing our salvation. This declaration drives Peter to stand between Christ and the cross to prevent him from fulfilling his role as the suffering servant. Outwardly Peter’s actions seem noble, but inwardly they are motivated by a spirit of error that comes from the prince of this world. Knowing the thoughts and hearts of men, Jesus rebukes Peter for being a mouthpiece for the devil. Turning from his death to discipleship, Jesus tells the twelve that if anyone wishes to follow him, they had better count the cost before they build because a life of discipleship is a life of denying yourself. Where taking up your cross means letting go of the pleasures of this world. The reward for faithful living does not come in this life but comes when we get to glory.