For many the Cross is just a nice piece of jewelry. Others may wear Cross jewelry because they’re fans of Jesus. Neither one of these should be the reason you wear Cross jewelry. The Cross stands for SO much more.
Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. He paid that price on the Cross… a painful, torturous way to die. Typically only used for the worst criminals to Rome, dieing on the Cross was one of the worst ways you could go. In fact it was so bad, that if you were a Roman citizen you couldn’t be crucified.
Jesus mentions “taking up the Cross” in several verses:
Matthew 16:24 (NIV)
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Mark 8:34 (NIV)
The Way of the Cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
Luke 9:23 (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Luke 14:27 (NIV)
27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Many people don’t understand this scripture and will relate their problems of today to the Cross. They’ll say they have a cross to bear because of some problems that’s going on in their life, at work, etc.
This is NOT what it means.
What Jesus meant is that to be a disciple and follower (not a fan that watches from the sideline) of his, that you need to put to death your own plans and desires, and turn your lives over to Him and do His will, each and every day. When you take up your Cross, you walk in Christ’s steps, live as he lived, and love as he loved. The Cross and Jesus is where all wounds of sin are healed. Any suffering you have, can be healed in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Keeping the Cross of Jesus Christ central in your life will protect you from all the evil and false teaching that go on in the world.
If you’re not a follower of Jesus, it’s NEVER too late. He’ll accept you no matter how broken you think you are. Turn your life over to him, give up on what you want in life and start living the life that He has planned for you. You’ll be amazed at the power of Jesus when you start having a personal relationship with him. You can then proudly wear that favorite Cross jewelry of yours and know that you are forever saved because of Christ and that you have taken up your Cross.
Are you interested know more about turning your life over to Jesus? I’d be happy to hear from you. If I don’t have the right answer for your questions, I’ll find the right person for you to chat with.