Luke 9:23-24 NIV 2011
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
Luke alone quoted Jesus’ one word “daily.” Jesus emphasized the walk of a Christian was a day-by-day trek. His Disciples knew the cross was used to execute many hundreds in Judea. Following Jesus was not a commitment to be taken lightly. It included three requirements: self-denial, unfettered dedication and a heart willing to obey the Master. “Lose/loses their life” are words used in all four Gospels, twice in Matthew and Luke and once in both John and Mark. A pivotal statement of Jesus quoted by His Disciples, following Jesus means dying to self. Believing in Jesus changes lives. It’s never too late to change at the foot of the cross.
This Scripture was difficult for me, a teenager, to comprehend. I needed a leader to help me understand and appropriate Jesus’ words. Studying Matthew in 1983/84 I finally understood what loosing my life meant. I needed to loose my old life by dying to self. That is the reason Luke added Jesus’ word “daily”. As a physician he would know change does not come easy to most of us. Sin is the problem, Jesus is the answer and it’s never too late.
Who needs to meet Jesus today?
Following Jesus daily,