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Mark 8:34 - "take up their cross"

Discussion in 'Christianity DIR' started by Eddi, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. Eddi

    Eddi Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2016
    Christian who entertains Simulation Theory
    In Mark 8:34 Jesus says:

    “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me..."

    What was he thinking when he said "take up their cross" - isn't that a reference to his crucifixion - which had not yet happened when we get to Mark 8?

    Or was it a common saying at that place and time?

    In Mark 8:31-32 Jesus says that in the future he will be killed and rise again...

    So, when he was speaking in Mark 8:34 was he demonstrating specific knowledge regarding his own fate, i.e. knowledge of the exact method of his own execution?
  2. eik

    eik Active Member

    Jun 23, 2020
    Absolutely so. As you have already pointed out in the passage immediately preceeding Mark 8:34 he was predicting his own death. Matthew 26:1-2 discloses that he was aware that the method was crucifixion. This came from Deuteronomy 21:23 ("anyone who is hung is cursed in the sight of God").