DON’T BE ASHAMED
Luk 9:22 by saying, “The Son of Man has to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
Luk 9:23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luk 9:24 Because whoever wants to save his soul will lose it, but whoever loses his soul for my sake will save it.
Luk 9:25 Because what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but destroys or loses himself in the process?
Luk 9:26 Because whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Luk 9:27 But I tell you for a fact, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God.”
The words that Jesus refers to are his words predicting his crucifixion and death in Jerusalem. The disciples were glad to identify him as the messiah, but they were not too keen to accept his prediction that the Jewish leaders were going to reject and murder him. So, which is true? Was Jesus a victim, or victorious? True followers know that he is both. In fact, he was ultimately victorious because he chose to be the victim, the sacrifice for us.
In the same way, he calls us to share his ultimate victory, but also challenges us to live lives of self-sacrifice.
LORD, give us the courage to glorify you, by taking up our daily crosses.