In the spirit of the Roosh post a couple days ago, let’s go over the verses he mentioned:
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.
There’s several interesting things about this verse.
- Jesus is subtly predicting the manner in which he would die
- Jesus is very graphic: “take up your cross” to the 1st century Jew would mean that you would literally carry the cross to the place where you would die a criminal’s death in shame (nakedness) and suffering.
- This is the cost of discipleship (deny self and follow): you must be willing to sacrifice everything for His purpose/mission and follow Him until death. ]
It’s a very sobering passage, and so far I think Roosh understands that since he’s trying to totally change his behavior. Hopefully he will come to the understanding that follow Jesus also means carrying out His mission: make disciples of all nations and teach them about Jesus.