Usually, we attribute fulfilment to pleasure and joy. It may eventually bring all that, but the way to a life that breeds great satisfaction is found in self-denial and cross bearing. Sacrifice brings about freedom. Loss brings about gain. Suffering brings about satisfaction. Anguish brings about peace. All these paradoxes have been demonstrated through Jesus’ own cross bearing. The question then is will we bear our cross? That’s the question proposed by our Lord Jesus.
There will be those who will tell you that cross bearing is not necessary. Yet, what we find is that cross bearing is an absolute prerequisite to living the Christian life to the fullest.
Sermon starts at 24:20