I: IF ANY MAN WILL COME AFTER ME---(Matthew 16:24) (A) This verse is doctrinally addressed to Christ's Jewish disciples, and is an indication of after Christ's death due to the fact that “Cross” is in the verse. He also tells them that he must be killed (Vs. 21) (B) Christ's cross was the cross of Calvary, where the Roman soldiers put (from what I have read), 7 inch nails through his hands and feet to fasten him to the cross. So Christ's arms were stretched out, and because of the pain from the nails in his hands, his hands would be paralyzed. \ C) Christ's feet were nailed the cross where his legs would be bent around 45 degrees. To speed up death,some- times the soldiers would brake the legs of those being crucified, but for Christ, they did not. (John 19:31-37) (D) Once the legs give way, the weight would be transferred to the arms. It would eventually come down to where all the weight would be put on the chest, suffocating the one being crucified. (E) Now, on top of being suffocated, Christ also shed every drop of his blood, not like what you see in pictures and images, where you will see a person that is not even Christ, but a bearded lady, with just a few drops of blood trickling down his face. Remember, Christ was beaten beyond recognition, and on that cross, he became sin for us, who knew no sin. (2 Cor. 5:20-21). Christ even calls himself a WORM. (John 3:14 ) (Psalm 22:6) (Job 17:14) And it pleased the LORD to bruise him. (Isaiah 53:10) (F) So, the cross was an instrument of death, so what Jesus was talking about in this verse, was not in particular the suffering and pain that we go through, but being committed to him, even unto death. The path that Jesus trod led him to death. Are you willing to follow? COUNT THE COST!!!!!