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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

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    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

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    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").
     
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