The Way of the Cross



The cross is a culture for pain-absorbing, price-paying, peace-making, love-wielding, cup-drinking people. – Robert Gelinas (Lead pastor for Colorado Community Church in Aurora, Colorado)

Key Bible Verse: Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

Dig Deeper: Mark 8:31-38

When Jesus arrived on this planet, he knew that he was going to suffer in the place of his creation. For centuries, Christ watched us sin in subtle and salacious fashion, all the while knowing that he would eventually be the one to take the penalty for each act of rebellion.

Peter says that understanding substitution is the basis for seeing the cross as a way of life. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Pet. 2:21, NIV emphasis added). Can it be? Peter suggests that what Jesus did in his death is what you are to do with your life. When Christ took your place on the cross he absorbed your pain, and now the church, as a cross-formed community, is to be a pain-absorbing people.

Peter doesn’t mean that we can take the place of others in the exact same way that Christ did. No, what Peter is saying is that we purposefully seek out those in this world who are in pain and then live in their presence in such a way that relief results.

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