Genesis 22:5 “…I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you.”
Genesis 22:6 “AND ABRAHAM TOOK THE WOOD OF THE BURNT OFFERING, AND LAID IT UPON ISAAC HIS SON; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.”
Jesus said carrying the cross or laying of wood upon oneself should be a daily affair. He was very emphatic about it but the question is what does he mean by that statement?
The word cross is translated to mean several things in the Greek, such as self-denial, to kneel down and to walk in covenant amongst several other things.
Self-denial is taking action that sacrifices one’s own immediate benefit for the good of others and also to the long term benefit of oneself. This quality is such that makes a man sacrifice immediate pleasure for a long term glory.
A typical example of self-denial can be seen in the life Joseph who denied himself immediate pleasure with Portiphar’s wife to the extent of going to jail to preserve his future.
Genesis 39:8 “But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what [is] with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;”
Genesis 39:9 “[There is] none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou [art] his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
Friend, that is a man who carries his cross daily! He was ready to face incarceration for the sake of the gospel. It was all about self-denial.
Carrying ones cross also means “to kneel down”. This connotes two major things. It means humility and also means praying. Humility talks about “being near to the ground”, meaning a state of being humble. It is actually thinking lowly of oneself; claiming little for oneself; not proud or arrogant. Hear this:
To be continued…
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