“Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6).
Only by fully appreciating the sacrificial imagery of the cross, and the work of Christ accomplished upon this instrument of death, do we stand any chance of comprehending the implications of his call to carry our cross and to crucify ourselves upon it daily. Don’t be fooled by stained glass and padded pews. A cross is rough, unattractive, unsanitary, unappealing, inconvenient, risky, deadly, painful, and disruptive. No wonder so few pick it and even more lay it down.