Sunday, December 20, 2015
Believing in the CROSS does not save
Many people wrongly believe that the cross of Jesus Christ will save them. There are also songs like "The Old Rugged Cross" that make people believe that they have to cling to the cross to be saved, but that is not true.
We have to pick up our own cross and follow Jesus Christ to be saved. Jesus Christ carried His cross and He said that whoever wishes to come after Him, must deny himself, pick up his cross and and follow Jesus. The cross that Jesus Christ talks about that we have to bear is all the trials, the tribulation, and the suffering that we will have to endure if we follow Jesus Christ, if we obey His words, if we turn away from sin and from self-gratification, going after the pleasures of the flesh, going along with the world. We will be rejected, we will be persecuted, we will pay a price for following Jesus Christ. That is the cross that we have to bear and if we bear that cross right until the end, then we will be saved.
Jesus said that those who endure until the end will be saved. Wearing a cross or a crucifix around your neck, believing in the cross of Christ and clinging to the cross of Christ will not save us. It is bearing our own cross to follow Jesus Christ, in spite of all difficulty and tribulation, enduring with Jesus until the very end, that is what will save us.
We have to pick up our cross, deny ourselves every day and follow Jesus Christ in spite of what may come against us. If we endure until the end, with Jesus, we will be saved.
May Jesus bless you.