And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23-25 Jesus said, “If any man will COME AFTER ME…” Following this, Jesus tells those that want to come after Him to DENY themselves. It is saying NO to self and yes to God. If. Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 Context. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. It is a total self denial. Luke 9:23. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. This means that they are to forsake their worldly desires and ambitions. Luke 9: 23-25 (NKJV) 23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. Luke 9:23, ἔλεγε, He said) Matthew states the occasion of His speaking thus, which having taken for granted, Luke thinks it sufficient to set down the discourse itself.— πρὸς πάντας, to all) even to those who had not heard concerning the coming Passion of the Lord. Luke 14:26,27 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own … The “I want, I will, I shall” needs to be denied. And he said to them all Not only to all the disciples, but "to the multitude", as the Arabic version renders it, who were now called unto him, with his disciples, as is clear from ( Mark 8:34) , any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his There is a sense in which Christians must give their lives to God every day. Peter answering said, The Christ of God. Luke adds "take up your cross daily" (Luke 9:23). Luke 9:23-24 mentions, “… take up his cross daily…” which makes clear that this imperative is not a onetime event (as in initial salvation); thus, it is an important concept for the process of sanctification (salvation from the power of sin). This is not necessarily a physical death as Jesus died for us (though such might be required), but a daily total sacrifice of self to do the will of Jesus.