Almighty God became a Man and through the deepest humility, and as the eternal Sacrifice for sin, brought to Himself highest glory. Contrary to popular opinion God has called us to walk the same road He walked in Jesus Christ.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it (Luke 9:22-24)
We are to pick up our cross daily and follow close behind Him. We must watch how He carried His cross. We must learn the deep humility it takes to stay the course to Calvary. We must count the cost and then pay it.
See how Christ walked in this world? See with what dignity he bore the cross of bigoted hatred, the cross of persecution, the cross of mis-understanding, the cross of our sin?
Listen to Him again: “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (John 8:28-29).”
“I do always those things that please Him.” The Bible says: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him. . . (Isaiah 53:10).
And it pleases the Lord to bruise us!
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:22).”
Paul obeyed the Lord and followed in His footsteps. He gave his own life up in order to exalt Christ. Peter and James and all of those others we admire so greatly did the same. Even John, who is said to have lived into old age, suffered indignity and imprisonment and personal loss to follow Christ. Why do we think it should be any different for us? Why do we think we can glorify Him without the humiliation; without the cross?
Granted, as followers of the risen Lamb we live in resurrection power even now, but we taste His glory only to the extent we bear His shame.
Our Lord said: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world(John 16:33).”
The Bible says: “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; . . . (Philippians 1:29).”
So, when the devil comes to accuse, when failure stalks you like a wolf, when religionists despise you, when the false prosperity preachers seem to flourish all around you, and even when true brothers mis-understand you, remember, there is coming a day when our Trailblazer, our Lord and Master, the one who put us on this Calvary way, will make all things plain. He will say to His own. “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:23).”