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If we want to be His disciples, Jesus told us that we must be willing to take up our crosses and follow Him. “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). This is surely the most obvious as well as the most graphic of His requirements in the verses in which He lays out His criteria for discipleship. Jesus’ contemporaries didn’t think that Jesus was speaking metaphorically when he told them they must bear their crosses. No, they knew exactly, literally what He meant. The crosses of crucified criminals and rebels regularly dotted the horizon of their homeland. Jesus was saying that, if we want to be His disciples, we must be willing to die a brutal death for Him.

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