Way of the Cross

There are two ways in which we can think about our life, one is with the mind of man and other is with the mind of God.  The mindset we adopt will always lead to the path we will take.  One path is the way of the world, and the other is the way of the cross.

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Way of the Cross

Matthew 16:21-27

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – July 3rd, 2016

 

Intro:

  • This morning we are looking at a passage where Jesus was talking with his disciples and telling them what was going to happen to Him in the future. From this discussion the very thoughts of God were revealed as to what our philosophy of life and the way we live must be in order to follow Christ and be like Him.

 

Matt 16:21-23 NIV

Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

 

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

 

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

 

The mind of God and the mind of man

  • Jesus said there was to be suffering, hardship and pain, and after that the resurrection
  • Our human response is the same as Peters – no this will not happen; it is not the will of the Father . . . this is the mind of man
  • The temptation of Satan is always play now . . . (and pay later)
    • This is the thinking that Satan used on Jesus in the desert temptations . . . stones to bread, descend from the temple, the kingdoms of this world for worship of Satan
    • This is a real temptation to us
  • The mind/path/philosophy of God is always the way of the cross

 

Matt 16:24 NIV

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

 

If you want to follow Jesus, you must take up the cross

  • We MUST deny ourselves . . . take up His cross and follow Him
    • Denying ourselves is not easy . . .
    • Take up His cross (what is His cross – giving of your life – through pain – for the lives and benefit of others)
    • And do what He is doing and go where He is going

 

 

Matt 16:25-26 NIV

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

 

If you want to save your life, you have to lose your life  

  • The human way of thinking is to save our lives . . .
  • The kingdom way of thinking is in order to save your life; you have to lose your life for Him . . . then you will find it . . .
  • And to provide some more rationale for this choice – He sees the path out to the end – so then if you gain everything what good is that in eternity . . . what is more important your soul or your current existence and experience

 

Matt 16:27 NIV

For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

 

If you want the reward, you must have the deeds 

  • You will have a reward for what you have done (and this is the true expression of faith)
  • And this reward is based upon our actions not our intentions . . .

 

Conclusion

  • I want the people of Mosaic to be the most eternally decorated unit (as in military thinking) in the kingdom of God
  • Give yourself to thinking how God thinks – and let your life flow from these thoughts
  • Deny yourself, take up the cross of Christ and follow Him . . .
  • Save your life by losing it
  • Give yourself by doing the things that bring real, eternal reward