A Procession of Cross-Bearers
Matthew 10:38
And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.

The Saviour here, in His character of Seer, looks into His own future, and moulds His language accordingly. He sees the cross in the distance. He connects Himself with it. He comes out of Himself, as it were. to look at Himself with His cross. He sees Himself bearing His cross. The vision grows into a complete picture. His followers are bearing crosses too! And thus the heavenly procession moves on, until a point is reached where time melts into eternity, and earth is the stepping-stone to heaven. At that point there may occur what men call execution; but, looked at on its upper side, the event is coronation and glorification. The crown surmounts the cross.

(James Morison, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

WEB: He who doesn't take his cross and follow after me, isn't worthy of me.

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