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Message of the Day: Self-Denial, Complete Dedication and Willing Obedience

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24, NKJV)

Immediately after telling his disciples of his coming suffering and death, Jesus told them they had to be prepared for similar treatment. The disciples of Jesus are those who have given their lives to Jesus, and they will be obedient to their master even if it leads to hardship, persecution and death. They will no longer rule their own lives, but will deny themselves personal desires in order to please Jesus. In sacrificing the life that puts self first, they will find the only true life. On the other hand those who live for themselves may gain what they want in the present world, but they will lose the only life of lasting value, eternal life (Luke 9:24-27)

To follow Jesus requires self-denial, complete dedication and willing obedience. Luke emphasizes continued action. The adverb “daily” is not mentioned explicitly in the synoptic gospels (Matt. 16:24-26; Mark 8:34). Disciples from Galilee knew what the cross meant, for hundreds of men had been executed by this means in their region.

Followers of Christ must risk their lives daily for personal gain hereafter, not for political gain here and now.

Sources:

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. Third Edition. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, Inc., 1994.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

The NKJV Bible

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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