Now, a call to give our very lives for the sake of discipleship, for the sake of following Jesus, might seem rather morbid. It might seem rather depressing. It might seem rather pointless, yet we must remember we are in Easter season.
We have to remember that Christians are an Easter people, which means we recognize the call to die is from the Risen Christ.
And so if we follow him–even to the cross!–we can be sure that he will lead us through the cross and into eternal, Resurrected life with him.
From this week’s sermon.