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Why did Jesus carry the cross and why did he say that everyone should take up their own cross? And what is the cross anyway?

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Nice question but maybe show some of your own research. –  gideon marx Aug 25 at 15:45

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When Jesus said:

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

it was some time prior to his actual crucifixion, and apparently he was making a reference to that crucifixion. His cross was the dying on the cross in payment; not for his sins since he had none; but for our sin. So if that was his cross to bear, what then is our cross?

Perhaps we find the answer to that in what Jesus charged his disciples with after he had born his cross. After he had risen from the Grave he gave his disciples only one command:

Matthew 28:18 through 20 KJV And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Hope this helps.

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And so the sins we done are not to be carried and we should carry our love and all as the cross.....i.e., the sins are buried and carry love..... And as you said we should carry love to teach all nations... Right? –  Steve Titus Aug 25 at 16:26
@SteveTitus that is correct, when we accept Jesus as our Savior all our sins are forgiven which God says will never again be remembered. but any sins you commit after being saved must also be confessed and ask that they too be forgiven then they are forgotten just as all the others. –  Bye Aug 25 at 16:41

Matthew 16:24 says "Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me". Luke 9:23 says "Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me". Luke 14:27 says " And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple". And Matthew 11:30 says "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".

In all these verses Christ is using Cross as an allegory to human suffering and sacrifice needed to carry out his responsibilities. Christ is alluding to the fact that as Christians and children of God our responsibility is to fulfill our daily responsibilities without any whining.

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