Scripture: Matthew 16: 21-28
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. (Matthew 16:24-25)
Once we know who Jesus is, and the difference he makes in our lives, Jesus is free to share more deeply what living a with-God life is truly like. There is a depth that comes from understanding suffering and denial on the way to eternal life, if we will open our hearts to that way, instead of denying any good in it. In this way, we will experience God’s kingdom on earth . . . just as it is in heaven.