"the present fear as his appointed cross"
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Jesus told his disciples that a believer must be willing to 'take up his cross and follow me'. The cross is a strong symbol: not only does it represent Jesus' death and resurrection (God's power over death), but it also represents God's love for us, as well as the Christian duty to give up everything for the good of another. It also represents the struggles, temptations and hardships that every Christian must face.