What It Takes To Follow Jesus Christ

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“How can I follow Christ?” A question asked often. Since the time of Jesus, people have been drawn to him. These people glare at scripture for direction. Often, they become misguided and will abandon scripture’s special revelation. This exegetical paper will discover the constant power of scripture. The saying of Jesus within Matthew 16:24-28 will be studied. The literary and historical contexts of the passage will be deduced. Finally, exegesis on all five verses will be done. How does one follow Christ? Will the literary context of this passage affect its interpretation? These questions and more will be answered below.
Literary Context In order to properly interpret the cost of discipleship addressed in Matthew 16:24-28, a look into
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A heavy weight on the end times for those struggling to cope with the loss of their great temple would be logical.
Jesus commands whoever follows him to “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (him).” The disciples would have likely been familiar with the imagery “take up his cross” would have implied. Traditionally, crucifixion was a favored Roman torture and execution method from the time of Alexander the Great to Constantine. After extensive flogging, the convicted person would be forced to carry his own cross’ crossbar. The patibulum (crossbar), weighing around one hundred pounds, was tied to the convict’s outstretched arms as he made his way to his own execution. This would obviously be an excruciatingly painful task. This is most certainly the image the disciples thought of when Jesus was speaking to them.
Since the literary and historical contexts of this passage have already been taken into account, a proper exegesis of Matthew 16:24-28 can be done. In the process, certain questions about the passage will be answered. What does it mean for someone to be repaid according to what he has done? How does this passage contribute to eschatological studies? How do the subtle nuances of this passage affect the meaning? What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?
Verse 24 To begin, Donald Hagner points out Matthew’s use of tovte, meaning “then,” as
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