The Hubs and I were talking about Jesus’ message the other day. Jesus didn’t travel the country preaching the Cross. He had not yet been to the cross. He taught the Kingdom. (Read the book of Matthew). He sent His followers out to preach the gospel and heal the sick (Luke 9) The disciples’ “good news” must have been Jesus; just Jesus.
Interestingly, Jesus also told His followers in Luke 9:23 that to follow Him we must take up our cross….this was before He ever went to the cross. He must have had an inkling that He would die on a cross. That must have been a nightmare; knowing you would die on a cross.