Take Up Your Cross

34 Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself,(A) take up his cross,(B) and follow Me.(C) 35 For whoever wants to save(D) his life will lose it,(E) but whoever loses(F) his life(G) because of Me(H) and the gospel(I) will save it.(J)

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11 Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.(A)

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Christ’s Humility and Exaltation

Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,

who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God(A)
as something to be used for His own advantage.[a]
Instead He emptied Himself(B)
by assuming the form of a slave,(C)
taking on the likeness of men.(D)
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,
He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.(E)

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  1. Philippians 2:6 Or to be grasped, or to be held on to

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