“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” – Jesus (Matt. 16:24)
The stern, unbending demand of Christ is still true today:
Deny Self; Disown, disdain one’s flesh.
Take up your cross; (Luke adds, “daily.”) We cannot escape suffering, but through Christ, we can endure it.
Follow Jesus; to be in the same way with, accompany Him.