Redemption by death

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. Mark 8:34

This statement must have created a P.R. nightmare for Jesus’ disciples.  To ask people to abandon everything they use to prop up their egos and feel worthy and carry around a symbol of execution instead is a tough sell. But there it is. The message of the cross is redemption by death. Jesus died the death that redeems us and calls us to die to everything that doesn’t redeem. And, as strange as it sounds, that is incredibly freeing.

Lord, thank you for the redemptive power of Your cross.