38and whoever does not take up his cross#The first mention of the cross in Matthew, explicitly that of the disciple, but implicitly that of Jesus (and follow after me). Crucifixion was a form of capital punishment used by the Romans for offenders who were not Roman citizens. and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39#One who denies Jesus in order to save one’s earthly life will be condemned to everlasting destruction; loss of earthly life for Jesus’ sake will be rewarded by everlasting life in the kingdom. #v. [10:39] Mk 8:35; Lk 9:24; Jn 12:25. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.