(We continue our journey looking at brief descriptions of the view of the cross from the four gospels.)
“The spiritual theme for Mark is discipleship even to the cross. He understands Jesus’ ministry to involve an inevitable sequence of events whose climax is Golgotha. Through the cross, Jesus is made known as the Son of God who wins salvation for the new community of faith – a community called to follow him in faithful discipleship. Thus, Jesus’ call to follow him is equivalent to an invitation to take the way of the cross. ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’ (8.34-38).” The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality p.221.
I’m once again enamored with Elizabeth Koenig’s description of a Gospel writer’s take on the cross – this time from Mark.
How do you resonate? Where does the imagery of Mark’s gospel take you mentally? How do you feel about the imitation of Christ to the point of a cross?