Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
24 Then Jesus said to his followers, “If any of you want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me. 25 Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will find true life. 26 It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are lost. You could never pay enough to buy back your life. 27 The Son of Man will come again with his Father’s glory and with his angels. And he will reward everyone for what they have done. 28 Believe me when I say that there are some people standing here who will see the Son of Man coming with his kingdom before they die.”
Good evening this passage explains the suffering that Jesus Christ will have to endure to provide the ransom that will save the lives of all the Chosen Ones. The cross that he carried was not literal in any way, but his submission to death was guaranteed. The perfect example of what Jesus Christ meant in this passage is the example left by the Apostle Peter at the execution of Jesus, Matthew 26:69–75.
APOSTLE PETER’S DENIAL OF THE LORD