Take Up your Cross (Luke 9:18-27)
Sunday with your kids
Lesson summary: Jesus faced the cross and we must follow Him.
In our bible story we learned:
1. Jesus is called the Messiah.
2. Jesus is called to die.
3. We are called to follow Jesus.
Where is the Gospel?
How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?
In Luke 9:22, Jesus specifically predicted his death and resurrection, which is the core of the gospel. He continues in verse 23 to describe how the path to following him involves our own cross. We must be willing to give up everything, even our lives. Physical death is not a requirement, but death to self and the pleasures of this world are a definite cost of following Jesus. If we try to secure salvation or save our own lives by any other means, we will fail.
Whether by our good works or our own understanding, all paths outside the gospel fail and lead to eternal death. We can only have life if we trust in Jesus and in what he has done on the cross on our behalf. The passing treasures of this life may bring temporary happiness, but all the treasures of the earth are not equal in value to our salvation in Christ. Money cannot buy eternal joy. Good works cannot save..
Family Discipleship - "Minutes" in the Home
Continuing on in the New Testament, we are on week 23 which starts on page 162 in the Old Story New devotional.
Pray about it! Thank Jesus for coming to earth to suffer and die in our place to take our punishment so that we could be saved.