HG069-70pt2 Matthew 10:24-11:1
Someone asked Cromwell why he was such a brave man. Cromwell replied, “I’ve learned that when you fear God, you do not have any man to fear.”
Jesus made it clear that being called as one of His disciples has a price. He said, “If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross every day and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To the original disciples, crosses represented torture, physical abuse, and death. Jesus’ reference to “take up the cross” must have sent waves of fear through the ordinary people whom Jesus had called into extraordinary lives.
The conversation that followed could have gone something like this: “First you asked me to leave my business and my family to follow and learn from you, and now you’re telling me that you’re going to die and that I have to deny myself and follow in your steps! Don’t you think that’s asking a bit much?”
But Jesus responds: “The one who finds his life will lose it, and the one who loses his life because of me will find it” (Matt 10:39).