Take up your cross and follow

PUBLISHED: 11:19 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:19 26 March 2013

The Revd Alastair McCollum. Picture by Terry Ife ref mhv 8783-09-11TI

The Revd Alastair McCollum. Picture by Terry Ife ref mhv 8783-09-11TI


Read the latest thought for the week by Reverend Alastair McCollum.

There was a trend a while back of Church members saying “I don’t call myself Christian, but I’m a ‘follower of Christ.’”

Whilst I understood the sentiment (many are disenchanted by the structures of ‘the Church’), it became annoying after a while, partly because many of us don’t really grasp just what following Jesus can mean.

This Holy Week we see what it means to do as Jesus said: “If any wish to become my follower they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.”

We see the horror of betrayal, torture and death which made up the last hours of Jesus life.

We see something of the emptiness felt by the first followers of Jesus when they believed that they had lost him.

We see the true cost of following, leading to sacrifice and even to death.

And we see the hope of new life and resurrection.

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