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38 and whoever does not take up his cross[a] and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39 [b](A)Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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  1. 10:38 The first mention of the cross in Matthew, explicitly that of the disciple, but implicitly that of Jesus (and follow after me). Crucifixion was a form of capital punishment used by the Romans for offenders who were not Roman citizens.
  2. 10:39 One who denies Jesus in order to save one’s earthly life will be condemned to everlasting destruction; loss of earthly life for Jesus’ sake will be rewarded by everlasting life in the kingdom.

24 (A)Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,[a] take up his cross, and follow me. 25 (B)For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.[b] 26 What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? 27 [c](C)For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.

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  1. 16:24 Deny himself: to deny someone is to disown him (see Mt 10:33; 26:34–35) and to deny oneself is to disown oneself as the center of one’s existence.
  2. 16:25 See notes on Mt 10:38, 39.
  3. 16:27 The parousia and final judgment are described in Mt 25:31 in terms almost identical with these.

26 (A)“If any one comes to me without hating his father[a] and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.(B) 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.(C)

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  1. 14:26 Hating his father…: cf. the similar saying in Mt 10:37. The disciple’s family must take second place to the absolute dedication involved in following Jesus (see also Lk 9:59–62).

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