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Taking Up the Cross.

Taking Up the Cross.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. GEORGE BURGESS, D. D.



St. Mark, viii. 34.

And when he had called the people unto him, with his
DISCIPLES ALSO, HE SAID UNTO THEM, WHOSOEVER WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME."
REV. GEORGE BURGESS, D. D.



St. Mark, viii. 34.

And when he had called the people unto him, with his
DISCIPLES ALSO, HE SAID UNTO THEM, WHOSOEVER WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME."

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TAKIG UP THE CROSS.REV. GEORGE BURGESS, D. D.St. Mark, viii. 34.And when he had called the people unto him, with hisDISCIPLES ALSO, HE SAID UTO THEM, WHOSOEVER WILLCOME AFTER ME, LET HIM DEY HIMSELF, AD TAKE UP HISCROSS AD FOLLOW ME."The first three of the evangelists have allrecorded this memorable saying, and its occa-sion. Our Lord had immediately before an-nounced to his disciples, that he must go toJerusalem, and suffer many things of theelders, and chief priests, and scribes, and bekilled, and be raised again the third day. Itis not said that he named the cross, as theinstrument of his death ; but the subsequentallusion to the cross would thus be understood,since he was to suffer violence, cruelty, andignominy, and these belonged peculiarly to thepunishment of crucifixion. The Apostle Peter,who had just received the promise of the keys16*Hosted byGoogle
 
186 • TAKIG UP THE CROSS.of the kingdom of heaven, was offended at thissaying, and even began to remonstrate with hisMaster. But Jesus, in the presence of thedisciples, rebuked him with words of piercingand severe kindness. He warned him that itwas a thought most hostile to his kingdom, andaccording well with the designs of Satan, sa-voring of the things of men, and not of God. Forwhat could have more successfully overthrownthe hopes of a world that waited for its redemp-tion, than if the Son of Man could have beentempted to shrink from his great sacrifice ?Or, what could more fatally have arrested theestablishment of his cause on earth, than if hisapostles and his church had learned to nourishthe spirit in which Peter had spoken? OurSaviour, therefore, was not satisfied with a pri-vate reproof of his erring follower. He turnedand looked on his disciples while he uttered it.Then, passing beyond their circle, he calledthe people unto him ; the people who, at thattime, attended him in thousands. He hadnothing to win from their support. He desirednot their service, except for their own salva-tion: he would not lead them on, under falseand worldly hopes ; and he embraced this occa-sion to display to them the most repulsiveaspect of the conditions on which alone theyHosted byGoogle
 
TAKIG UP THE CROSS. 187could be his disciples. " Whosoever will comeafter me, let him deny himself, and take up hiscross, and follow me."It is the Saviour who speaks, on the way tohis scene of death. He speaks of any manwho will come after him ; and the preaching of the cross has attained its end, when the hearersfollow Christ as he has commanded. I ask your attention, then, to the question, first of all, what is the meaning of taking up the cross ?When this shall have been seen, I will endeavorto point out the manner in which each of us isnow called to fulfil the requisition. May thelove of our Redeemer so arm us, that wemay be neither ashamed nor afraid to tread inhis footsteps !The meaning of taking up the cross is, to beready for suffering. One who was to endurethe dreadful pains of crucifixion, was compelledto receive the instrument of his punishment,and to carry it, or a part of it, upon his shoul-ders, from the place of judgment or imprison-ment to the place of execution. So our Sa-viour bore his cross, till, when he was probablytoo weary to sustain longer so heavy a burden,it was laid upon Simon of Cyrene. That aman should take up the cross of another person,would be but a toilsome labor : that he shouldHosted by

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