Let us be reminded today to take up his CROSS and FOLLOW HIM.
JESUS told his disciples, the first to be called “Christians” (Acts 11:26) saying:
“[IF ANY MAN WILL COME AFTER ME], [LET HIM DENY HIMSELF], and [TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY], and [FOLLOW ME]” (Luke 9:23).
“[AND HE THAT TAKETH NOT HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOWETH AFTER ME, IS NOT WORTHY OF ME]” (Matthew 10:38).
“For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’ [FOR THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS TO THEM THAT PERISH FOOLISHNESS; BUT UNTO US WHICH ARE SAVED IT IS THE POWER OF GOD]” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19).
“[LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE]” (Isaiah 45:22).
“[SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; FOR IN THEM YE THINK YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE]: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:39–40).
“[I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE: HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE]: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death (John 8:51).
“He that [BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE]: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
“[I AM HE THAT LIVETH, AND WAS DEAD; AND, BEHOLD, I AM ALIVE FOR EVERMORE], Amen; and [HAVE THE KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH]” (Revelation 1:18).