Read Matthew chapter 16. In Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Son of God, we reach a turning point. From here the action leads inevitably to the cross. In fact Jesus tells his disciples that if they follow him they must take up their cross. Folks in that time and place would be only too familiar with this execution device, since it was used by Rome to frighten the people into compliance. Following Jesus is not something to be taken lightly. While we may not be asked to die for God, we are asked to give up our life, our old life and take on a new life in Jesus Christ.