August 15, 2022     7:36 am
333. Week of Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
He that does not take his cross, and follow after Me, is not worthy of Me.  
          He that does not take his cross, and follow after Me, is not worthy of Me.   Mathew 10:38
          The cross of which the Lord Jesus here speaks is every hardship or tribulation that we must bear because we follow Him. If we follow Jesus, we shall have a cross to bear, for the devil hates us, the world persecutes us, and our own flesh and blood troubles us in many ways. The cross with which our Lord and Saviour was afflicted casts its shadows which cause pain and affliction upon those who follow Jesus. And whoever does not willingly take this cross, and does not follow Jesus steadfastly, is not worthy of Him, he cannot be His disciple, cannot be a Christian. For if we wish to be exempt from this cross, we can accomplish this only by no longer following Christ. If we wish to avert from us a part of this cross, it can only be done by partly surrendering our faith and our confession and the obedience we owe Christ. But can a Christian do this without altogether falling away from Christ? An old pastor, since departed, owned a picture which represented some cross-bearers who threw off their cross entirely, and others who sawed off a part of it. But they all ceased to follow Christ. Whoever would lead a life that is agreeable to his flesh, and would try to find happiness by throwing off the cross of Christ, will lose this very happiness and enter eternal death. But he that loses his life and happiness on this earth for Jesus' sake, will find it for all eternity. Follow Jesus, even when burdened with the cross! The Lord will reward you with compassion and help you.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, my Saviour, without You I cannot have life, without You I am lost; I must follow You as a sheep follows its shepherd and a disciple his master. Grant me this, O Jesus! And if then I must take Your cross upon me, graciously help me, O Jesus, and give me true courage and boldness. Yes, do  help me, O Jesus! Amen

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     7:36 am