Posts Tagged ‘cross’
My discovery of the real Jesus afforded me the opportunity to instill new traditions in my life while discarding the bad ones. I have to say though, the biggest discovery outside of knowing the real Jesus of the Bible was learning about Holy Week. Thirty years in Mormonism hadn’t revealed any significant details leading up to Resurrection Day, thus my fascination twenty-two years later. I was saved on Palm Sunday 1993.
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2 Nephi 9:18; “But, behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world, and despised the shame of it, they shall inherit the kingdom of God, which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world, and their joy shall be full forever.”
Luke 9:23-25; “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”
A couple of weeks ago my pastor spoke on taking risks and what our responsibilities are as members of the church of Jesus Christ. He based his sermon on the passage above and of course I began thinking about the Mormons. For this article I have two objectives to explore and they are;
What did Jesus mean when He said ‘pick up your cross’?
What does this phrase mean for the Mormon?
The message begins with the parable Jesus gave of a shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep in search for the one that’s lost in Luke 15:4, 7. It insinuates that Jesus was referring to those who are on the brink of leaving the church or to those who have already left, and it’s up to the faithful in the church to seek out, and help those who have lost their way.